Physics

Most fundamental of the sciences

Physics courses are offered supporting students pursuing degrees or instruction in professional programs in biology, biotechnology, biophysics, chemistry, biochemistry, informatics, medicine, engineering, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy and veterinary science. In Fall of 2009, the School of Natural Science and Mathematics at IU East will begin offering a Minor in Biophysics. The Minor in Biophysics will be offered as a cross-disciplinary degree program jointly in Physics and Biology. Interested students should contact their advisors, or the Biology Coordinator or Physics Coordinator, for additional information. Interested students can also take courses in preparation for other degree programs in science or mathematics as well as in preparation for employment in natural resources management, public health, quality control, environmental assessment, urban planning, and municipal water and waste treatment.

The new Physics machine shop at IU East, with mini lathe and mini mill. It is currently being used to fabricate parts for a solar energy research project.

Courses are offered in introductory physics and general physics, as well as in Astronomy and Physical Science.  In addition, the following courses in Modern Physics are also offered each Fall:

The P 300 (3 cr) and P 301 courses are currently offered on an independent study basis, or as an online (hybrid) course.  (P 301 is the calculus-based equivalent of P 300.) Physics P 309 (2 cr) Modern Physics Laboratory may be taken concurrently (recommended) with P 300 or P 301, or separately with either P 300 or P 301, or the equivalent, as prerequisite.

Concepts In Physical Science [pdf] (P 104), is an introductory laboratory science course for non-science majors interested in gaining some experience in fundamental physics and chemistry with laboratory methods. Physics P 104 (3 cr) also cross-lists with Physics Q 202 (3 cr), Physical Science for Elementary School Teachers, but is open to all interested students.

In and Out of the classroom

Computer-based, sensor-supported laboratory equipment acquired in 2004 has revolutionized physics instruction at all levels at Indiana University East.  Students now receive instruction and perform laboratories using the latest instructional innovations and technologies available for introductory undergraduate physics education.  The physics smart-classroom, located in Whitewater 201, is a combined lecture-laboratory room where both discussion and experimentation in physics are actively encouraged.

Lecture-discussion sessions are supplemented with frequent demonstrations, both live and virtual, and laboratories are performed as a coherent sequence of guided activities paralleling weekly lecture-discussion topics. During lecture-discussion sessions homework problems are solved in detail and students are encouraged to ask questions and share knowledge of “real world” physics applications.  General Physics courses are also supported online through Oncourse CL. Courses in Astronomy are also offered.

Students are also encouraged to apply their increased knowledge of physics in areas outside the classroom. Opportunities are available for Honors Program students to independently and collaboratively explore topics beyond the introductory general physics "college classroom" experience in laser optics (holography and photonics), spectroscopy, engineering (robotics and materials), atomic spin resonance (NMR and ESR), biological application (biophysics and biotechnology) and modern laboratory methods (CAL applications and informatics).

Degrees Offered

The Physics Department at Indiana University East offers courses supporting and supplementing baccalaureate (4 year) degrees in Biology (BS) and Biotechnology (BS) and in Natural Science and Mathematics (BA), with several possible majors. New for Fall of 2009 the School of Natural Science and Mathematics will also offer a Minor in Biophysics. The Physics Department also supports the School of Natural Science and Mathematics Certificate in Laboratory Science which may be completed alone or in conjunction with any degree program.

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