Faculty

  • Lecturer in Physics
    • BS, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
    • PhD, Syracuse University

Courses

PHY 1510: Introductory Physics I

Lecture course for students of both biological and physical science, as well as students of the humanities or social sciences with a background in high school physics or chemistry. Topics include kinematics, Newtonian dynamics, work and conservation of energy, mass-energy relationships, the laws of thermodynamics, and the kinetic properties of matter.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: (MAT1150 Or BMA1150 ) Or MAT1500

Department: Physics
PHY 1511: Introductory Physics I Lab

Demonstrations and participatory experiments are used to increase the student’s working physical knowledge of the natural world.

Credits: 1

PREREQ: PHY1510 Or APH1510

Department: Physics
PHY 1520: Introductory Physics II

A continuation of PHY 1510. Topics include electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, optics, and some ideas from modern physics.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: PHY1510 Or APH1510

Department: Physics
PHY 1521: Introductory Physics II Lab

Demonstrations and participatory experiments are used to make students familiar with gravitational and electromagnetic forces in nature and foundations of optics.

Credits: 1

PREREQ: PHY1520 Or APH1520

Department: Physics
PHY 1530: The Physics of Sound and Light

The phenomena of light and sound, widely appreciated as primary media for artistic expression, have also played an important role in spurring scientific investigation of the world of nature. This course explores light and sound through their foundations in the theories of vibration and wave motion. With sound, the application to the production of musical tones is emphasized. The study of light ranges from the early investigations of Galileo, Newton, and Huygens to the work of Einstein in relativity and quantum theory. A paper is required, and some class sessions take place in the lab. A background in physics is not required.

Credits: 4

Department: Physics
PHY 2300: Astronomy: Exploring the Universe

Using the theory of stellar structure and evolution as a springboard, students explore other aspects of astronomy, like planet formation, the origin of elements, interstellar matter, and the structure and nature of galaxies and quasars. The observational basis of astronomy and its relationship to currently accepted theories are emphasized. Because astronomy is an exact science, some quantitative investigations are required.

Credits: 4

Department: Physics