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Physics & Mathematics Major

Division of Natural Sciences

Want to teach physics and math at the high school level? Major in physics and mathematics at BC.

Physics and Mathematics Major

Primarily for students wishing to gain licensure in teacher education. Cannot be taken as a dual major with the major in mathematics or physics.

Required courses in physics:

During the first term Kinematics Newtons laws of motion conservation laws rotational motion periodic motion and fluid mechanics. During the second term Thermodynamics electricity magnetism optics and modern physics. A combination of lectures and learning by inquiry are employed. Computers are used for data acquisition data analysis and mathematical modeling. Three hours in class one hour in recitation and two hours in lab per week. Prerequisite MATH 130 or 132 or concurrent enrollment in MATH 131 132 respectively.

Unit(s): 4

During the first term Kinematics Newtons laws of motion conservation laws rotational motion periodic motion and fluid mechanics. During the second term Thermodynamics electricity magnetism optics and modern physics. A combination of lectures and learning by inquiry are employed. Computers are used for data acquisition data analysis and mathematical modeling. Three hours in class one hour in recitation and two hours in lab per week. Prerequisite MATH 130 or 132 or concurrent enrollment in MATH 131 132 respectively. PHYS 221is prerequisite to PHYS 222. General Education Natural & Physical Science

Unit(s): 4

Analog electronics including diode and transistor operation mathematical circuit analysis operational amplifier applications. Two hours in class and six hours in lab per week. Prerequisites PHYS 222 and MATH 132 Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 4

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Analysis and applications of digital circuits such as flip-flops registers counters and analog-to-digital converters leading to interfacing real-time data collection to computers. Prerequisites PHYS 219 or PHYS 222 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

A survey of 20th century physics. Topics include relativity wave-particle dualism Schroedinger equation wave functions spectra nuclear physics and elementary particles. Prerequisites PHYS 222 and MATH 132 Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

Kinematics and dynamics in one two and three dimensions including oscillating systems central force motion Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics motion of rigid objects and wave motion. Prerequisites PHYS 222 and MATH 132. Alternate years offered 2014-2015

Unit(s): 3

Classical and modern experiments give the student a basic understanding of experimental methods. Involves several lectures and extensive lab work. Prerequisites PHYS 222 and MATH 132 Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

Discussion and presentation of papers by students and faculty on problems of current interest in physics. Prerequisite Senior standing with a major in Physics Applied Physics Physics and Mathematics or permission of the instructor

Unit(s): 3

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An Honors Project is one in which a student researches a subject by examination of relevant literature or by experimentation or both the student reports the results in an accurately documented and well-written paper or appropriate representation of the work. Whenever the study deals with the subject of an established course the student is expected to go well beyond the usual work of the course in research and in assimilation of the results as revealed in the report. Juniors and seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or above may register for an Honors Project. One desiring to pursue an Honors Project must submit a written description of his or her proposed work to the chair of the appropriate department and to the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs by the first day of the semester in which the study is to be conducted. At the conclusion of the Honors Project the supervising professor files with the Registrar a grade for the student and a description of the work accomplished and with the Library Director a copy of the written paper or appropriate representation of the work. It is the students responsibility to provide the materials for the library in compliance with specifications approved by the Council on Education. The Library Director arranges for binding and storage.

Unit(s): 3

Required courses in mathematics:

Study of differential calculus of a single variable. Applications of the derivative are made to curve sketching max-min problems and linear approximation and IHopitals Rule. Also included are applications of the Intermediate Value Theorem and Mean Value Theorem. Credit may not be received for both MATH 130 and 131. Prerequisites MATH 120 or satisfactory performance on placement test

Unit(s): 3

Study of integral calculus of a single variable. Included are techniques of integration and numerical methods of integration. Applications of the integral are made to computing area volume arc length and selected topics. Prerequisite MATH 131

Unit(s): 3

Continuation of Calculus I and II. Included are Taylor polynomials infinite series and polar coordinates. Also included is an introduction to multivariate calculus and multiple integrals. Prerequisites MATH 132

Unit(s): 3

Introduction to multivariate calculus. Included are calculus of vector-valued functions and motion in space limits continuity and partial derivatives of functions of several variables vector fields Greens Theorem The Divergence Theorem and Stokes Theorem. Prerequisites MATH 210 and 231

Unit(s): 3

The first part of the course is devoted to naive set theory and includes the algebra of sets relations functions and orders. The second part is devoted to logic including truth tables and first-order predicate calculus. Prerequisites MATH 132 and 200

Unit(s): 3

Fundamental concepts of geometry including projective and non-Euclidean geometries with emphasis on the axiomatic method. Prerequisites MATH 132 210 and 300 or permission of the instructor Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Survey of the history of mathematics from ancient civilizations to the modern mathematics of the 19th-century. Prerequisites MATH 132 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

And three additional credit hours in MATH courses numbered 300 or above.

Activities and Clubs

Join the Society of Physics Students, Bridgewater College Chapter

  • Develop leadership skills as you plan meetings, events and trips designed to promote the awareness of physics
  • Conduct science demonstrations at area elementary schools
  • Be part of a chapter that has been recognized as an “Outstanding Chapter” in the nation

Employment Options and Advancement Opportunities

Learn more about the options for employment and advancement in physics and mathematics education careers from the Society of Physics Students and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

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Questions? Contact Us!

Dr. Philip Spickler
540-828-5767
pspickler@bridgewater.edu