What, Where, and When
How To Apply And More Information
Deadline to apply is Friday, October 13, 2017.
Deadline to apply is Friday, October 13, 2017.
Here is the Alexandria Fall 2017 Final Exam Schedule.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship deadline is approaching soon. The deadline for submission of complete application is October 24, 2017 at noon ET.
The Interim Dean of the MSE Division is holding an Information Session on Tuesday, Sep. 12, Noon – 2 pm in the MSE Divsion Office, AA 352. If you are a student planning to apply, or a faculty contacted for a recommendation, stop by to learn more about the process and the resources available on campus.
You can also read more details on the JKC Foundation website . If you want to find out what specific resources are available to students and faculty at the Alexandria campus to help with the application process, check out the JKC Scholarship site.
Hello Alexandria folks!
Are you planning to be outside Monday afternoon on August 21st? Don’t miss the Great American Eclipse of 2017. You might have to wait quite a long time before you get another chance. Check out here to see when is the next time you can see an eclipse in North America.
It has been indeed a long time since a full eclipse swept across the entire United States. And now, we are right smack in the middle of it. Well, somewhat in the middle of it! It actually misses us by 400 miles. If you want to get the full experience, you will have to drive down all the way to South Carolina. For the rest of us who remain here for the first day of fall classes, the eclipse will be only partial.
According to the United States Naval Observatory, we get to enjoy a partial eclipse of 81% here at Alexandria on Monday, August 21. It begins at 1:17 pm and it ends at 4:01 pm. The maximum will occur between 2:41 and 2:43 pm. Here is a short simulation that gives an idea of what to expect.
Remember: do NOT look directly at the Sun without proper protective eyeware. Unfortunately, all safety shades have been sold out everywhere for at least a week (and yes, that includes even online vendors). The good news is that you can still enjoy the eclipse even without shades.
Just bring two sheets of opaque cardboard paper with you and get ready to look down at the ground rather than up in the sky. Place the first sheet on the ground, that will be your screen on which you will be viewing the eclipse. Make a small round tiny hole (with a needle, pushpin, etc.) on the second piece paper, hold it above the first paper and project the solar eclipse through the hole. Here is a nice detailed explanation of how to do it.
So, how exactly do solar eclipses occur? In short, it happens because of an interesting coincidence. Even though the Moon is about 400 smaller in diameter than the Sun, it is actually 400 times closer to the Earth than the Sun. So, on Earth both bodies appear to have the same size. When the Moon crosses in front of the Sun during its motion, it blocks it from view. You can read more about the conditions in this easy-to-read popular article describing why we get solar eclipses.
A solar eclipse is not only an astronomical phenomenon. There are plenty of exciting things happening on the ground, as well. The day darkens. If the eclipse is close to full, you might even see stars in the sky. The temperature drops. The birds change their chirping. If you are next to trees, you can see tiny little crescents appear on the ground: the pinhole images produced by holes in the leaves. In short, there will be plenty to see during the eclipse. And, if you want to help NASA, contribute your eclipse observations through the Globe Observer app.
We are excited to announce that we will have a new physics instructor at Alexandria for the fall semester. Dr. Alejandro de la Puente is joining the Alexandria Physics faculty as a part time Assistant Professor and will be teaching the Saturday PHY 231 section.
Dr. de la Puente received Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame du Lac, and is a High Energy Theoretical Particle Physicist. He is currently a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow serving in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Division of Undergraduate Studies at the National Science Foundation. His research has focused on building and studying new physics models to address the nature of dark matter, the naturalness of the Higgs boson, and the mechanism for neutrino mass generation.
Dr. de la Puente has a passion for education that has allowed him to organize High Energy Physics outreach activities in Latin America and he is a spokesperson for Instituto Apoyo, a non-profit organization with a mission to design and implement educational solutions to promote inclusive social development in Peru. He is working to design and promote new ways to improve undergraduate STEM education is the United States, identifying and studying best practices to increase retention and diversity in all STEM fields.
Physics 150 – Cathy Bunge
PHY 232 S. Chowdhury
T. Stantcheva, G. Prendergast: Syllabus
T. Stantcheva: Syllabus
W. Wimbush: 201-fall-2016 Syllabus
D. Blackwell: Fall 2016 Syllabus
W. Wimbush: 202-fall-2016 Syllabus
W. Wimbush: 231-fall-2016 Syllabus
L. Correa Borbonet: Fall 2016 Syllabus
The list below includes all the texts that are currently being used at the Alexandria campus. Some instructors may from two different textbooks, others may elect to use their own notes. Students must contact their section instructors to determine which one of the alternatives will be used.
Physics 101 – 102
Conceptual Physics by Hewitt, 12 Ed., Pearson
Physics 130 Survey of Applied Physics
Physics 201 – 202
Physics: Principles with Applications by Giancoli, 7Ed., Pearson or
College Physics by OpenStax (2012)
Lab Manual for Physics (Capstone) 201 – 202 by Walter Wimbush (2016)
Note: Contact your instructor to check which of the two textbooks will be used in your course sections.
Physics 231 – 232 – 243
University Physics by Young and Freedman, 13 Ed, Pearson
Lab Manual for Physics 231 – 232 by Walter Wimbush (2015) (This is electronic format only!)
PHYSICS 231 Practice Problems by Tatiana Stantcheva (2016)
PHYSICS 232 Practice Problems by Tatiana Stantcheva (2016)