You can find descriptions of some of the classes I teach at F&M below. Click the course titles for more information, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Students can find additional course information on our Canvas platform.

PHY333: Electric and Magnetic Fields

Undergrad course, Franklin & Marshall College, F17, F18, F19

Physics 333 provides a quantitative introduction to the physics of electromagnetism, one of the four fundamental forces of nature. Throughout this course, we will rely extensively on the tools of vector calculus to make mathematical calculations while also building a conceptual understanding of electromagnetic forces, fields, and potentials.

PHY112: Fundamental Physics II

Undergrad course, Franklin & Marshall College, S19

Physics 112 is the second half of the introductory physics sequence. We will discuss electricity, magnetism, circuits, optics, and thermodynamics. These topics have a wide range of applications in modern physics, engineering, chemistry, and biology, so we will discuss these rela- tionships along the way! The lab section of the course will provide hands-on opportunities to explore the physics described in lecture, as well as training in data collection and analysis.

PHY111: Fundamental Physics I

Undergrad course, Franklin & Marshall College, S18, F18, F20, F21, S22

This course provides a broad overview of the way objects move and interact in our physical world. We work extensively with Newtonian mechanics, including force equations, energy, momentum, and rotational motion, and we will introduce concepts of oscillatory motion including waves. In our lab sections, we experience practical examples of these ideas while also learning skills for data collection and analysis and experimental design.

AST121: Introduction to Astrophysics

Undergrad course, Franklin & Marshall College, S18, S19, S20

This course presents a quantitative introduction to our Universe: topics include the interactions of planets and moons, the formation of stars and black holes, and the evolution of the Universe from a fiery Big Bang to the expansive and beautiful array of galaxies we see today. The goals of this course are to prepare prospective astrophysics majors for upper-division coursework in the major as well as the skills to participate in independent research projects.

AST100: Survey of Astronomy

Undergrad course, Franklin & Marshall College, F20, F21

AST100 is an introductory astronomy course intended for students who are not majoring in physics or astronomy. This course presents an introduction to the contents of the Universe, the tools we use to study it, and the intersections of astronomy with social and political questions.