Physics (course of study)

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This page is about a course of academic study at Knox. For the student band, see Physics (band).

Physics is a course of study offered through the Physics Department. It includes the physics major and minor. The department is located in SMC.

Overview[edit]

The physics major is one of the hardest majors at Knox. Through the study of physics, we attempt to understand the mechanisms which govern the properties of everything, including Chemistry (whose properties in turn govern Biology and so forth). In this way, physics is obscenely generalized and difficult to understand for some, exceeded in complexity only by pure mathematics and snowflakes.

Faculty[edit]

Current[edit]

Knox has four physics professors, all experimentalists, principally. They are

  • Charles Schulz, Professor, specializing in Mossbauer Spectroscopy
  • Thomas Moses, Department Chair, specializing in liquid crystals
  • Mark Shroyer, Assistant Professor, specializing in nuclear quadrapole magnetic resonance
  • Nathalie Haurberg, Assistant Professor, specializing in Astrophysics

Former[edit]

Nasser Nafari - was unliked and believed that he should run the department. Returned to Iran to do "research" on nuclear physics.

Richard Reno - was another unliked professor who apparently was Schulz's professor at one time. Mostly taught the intro physics sequence, astronomy and digital electronics.

Courses[edit]

The Senior Seminars are the courses that kill you, especially when there's only 3 people in the class and one of them is Jordan Watkins, who is way smarter than you. Each year there are senior seminars offered in:

  • Analytical Mechanics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Electrodynamics

The spring 2007 section the Quantum Mechanics senior seminar was taken by only two students, Fahim Chandurwala and Tenzing Shaw . The pair also took at the same time a half-credit independent study in Partial Differential Equations. The instructor for both courses is Tom Moses, arguably one of the most intelligent professors at Knox.

Course Requirements[edit]

See department page

Notable Physics Quotations[edit]

  • "You can always tell the particles apart, in principle - just paint one of them red and the other blue, or stamp identification numbers on them, or hire private detectives to follow them around. But in quantum mechanics the situation is fundamentally different: You can't paint an electron red, or pin a label on it, and a detective's observations will inevitably and unpredictably alter its state, raising doubts as to whether the two had perhaps switched places. The fact is, all electrons are utterly identical, in a way that no two classical objects can ever be. It's not just that we don't happen to know which electron is which; God doesn't know which is which, because there is no such thing as "this" electron, or "that" electron; all we can legitimately speak about is "an" electron." - David J. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 2nd Ed.

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