Nobel Laureate Anthony Leggett To Speak at Amherst College Dec. 1

November 29, 2005 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417

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.

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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.

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. Physics 119 (Life at the Nanoscale) provides an introduction to physics at the molecular scale. All 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

Students who wish to major in physics are required to take the first two semesters of College level calculus (Mathematics 111 and 121) and nine additional courses.