Mechanics, PHYS 1430: The goal of this course is to enable students to develop a functional introductory-level understanding (both conceptual and quantitative) of classical physics, including Newton’s laws of motion and force; the ideas of work and energy; rotational motion and torque; gravitation; conservation laws for energy, momentum, and angular momentum.

Fall 2016-Spring 2018

Astrophysics, PHYS 3313: This course surveys a variety of issues in astrophysics through problem-solving, quantitative measurements, and theoretical reasoning. Topics include celestial mechanics, stellar dynamics, interstellar medium, star formation, and stellar structure and evolution.

Fall 2017, Fall 2018

Advanced Physics Laboratory, PHYS 4311: This course covers the basics of design, implementation, and test of experimental apparatus, and the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. Following this course, students are expected to have a working knowledge of small-scale experimental apparatus and the ability to research and develop new designs and resolve problems with existing setups. Past projects included vacuum system design, motorizing a telescope, “smart” solar panel system tracking the sun, autonomous Mars rover capable of navigating complex terrain.

Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019