Amherst College Physicists, Led by Professor Larry Hunter, To Publish in Physical Review Letters

December 12, 2005 Director of Media Relations (413) 542-8417
AMHERST, Mass.—Larry Hunter, the Stone Professor of Natural Science (Physics) at Amherst College, recently had an article on “Measurement of the Electron Dipole Moment Using GdIG” accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters, the journal of the American Physical Society, on Dec. 16.

Physicist Laura Newburgh To Discuss “Graduate School and the Universe” at Amherst College Oct. 5

September 28, 2006 Director of Media Relations413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—Laura Newburgh, a graduate student in physics at Columbia University, will give a talk titled “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Graduate School, and the Universe, in Less than One Hour” at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, in Merrill Science Room 211. Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. Sponsored by the physics department at Amherst College, the talk is free and open to the public.

Faculty Research

Departmental faculty, as indeed the entire College faculty, regards research and scholarly work as integral to continued effective teaching. Moreover, undergraduates have the opportunity to work in collaboration with members of the faculty during the summers, during Interterm, and in their senior year, as part of their honors project. The areas in which the physics faculty are currently active are:

Courses for Non-Majors

For students majoring in other sciences or wishing to enter medical school after Amherst, Physics 116 and 117 (Introductory Physics I and II) provide an introduction to mechanics and electromagnetism.  Both have one semester of calculus as a requisite, have laboratory sections, and satisfy the requirements of medical schools for physics. Physics 116 and 117 are offered every semester.

The Physics Major

Physics is the study of the natural world emphasizing an understanding of phenomena in terms of fundamental interactions and basic laws. As such, physics underlies all of the natural sciences and pervades contemporary approaches to the study of the universe (astronomy and astrophysics), living systems (biophysics and neuroscience), chemistry (chemical physics), and earth systems (geophysics and environmental science). In addition, the relationship of physics to mathematics is deep, complex and rich.