Faculty Profile

Windsor Morgan

Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy (1994)

Contact Information

morgan@dickinson.edu

Tome Scientific Building Room 220
717.245.1386

Bio

His major area of research is the spectral evolution of X-ray-emitting active galactic nuclei. He also studies new statistical methods of studying astronomical surveys, the formation of hydrocarbons in the early solar system, and the nature of x-ray binary star systems. He is also interested in astronomy education research.

Education

  • A.B., Harvard College, 1986
  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1995

2018-2019 Academic Year

Fall 2018

ASTR 109 Mysteries of the Solar System
This course explores questions that are as old as humanity; you will step into the shoes of ancient astronomers to ponder the workings of the night sky and Solar System. Why do the stars move the way they do? Why do some bright objects wander the night sky? Can we know what these objects are and where they came from? We will develop practical and critical thinking skills that are crucial to the art of discovery, focusing on the historical use of naked eye and telescopic observations, as well as the use of present day space probes and the electromagnetic spectrum. Our journey will take us to the planets and some fascinating moons. Three hours classroom, one two-hour laboratory a week. This course counts toward the astronomy minor.

PHYS 131 Introductory Physics
An introduction to basic physics topics using the workshop method. This method combines inquiry-based cooperative learning with the comprehensive use of computer tools for data acquisition, data analysis and mathematical modeling. Kinematics, Newton's Laws of motion, conservation laws, rotational motion, and oscillations are studied during the first semester. Additional topics in chaos or nuclear radiation are introduced. Basic calculus concepts are used throughout the course. Recommended for physical science, mathematics, and pre-engineering students and for biology majors preparing for graduate study. Three two-hour sessions per week. Because of the similarity in course content, students will not receive graduation credit for both 131 and 141. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, MATH 151 or 170.

PHYS 550 Independent Research