The study of physics seeks to understand the interactions of materials on all levels—from the gravitational forces causing the movements of planetary bodies that have been observed by scientists since ancient times, to the sub-atomic interactions that have only come to light in the past few decades.  Physics is a rapidly evolving field: J.J. Thomson’s discovery of electrons in 1897, Ernest Rutherford’s discovery of atomic nuclei in 1909, and multiple recent revisions to our understanding of the structure of an atom, have each resulted in fundamental changes in the study of molecular physics.  The Physics department offers a wide array of courses to give students both a solid base in the fundamentals of physics and opportunities to participate in cutting edge research.  Note: Trigonometry is a prerequisite for all physics courses, and it is strongly recommended that students have a firm grasp of calculus as well.

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