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Dr. Allan Greer
Professor and Chair

Office: Herak 314
Phone:(509) 313-6757
Fax:(509) 313-5718

Gonzaga University
Physics Department
AD Box 51
502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258-0051

In the Spring 2018 semester, the Department of Physics will be offering various sections of introductory courses, as well as the intermediate and upper-level courses described below. The complete list of Spring 2018 physics course offerings can be found on Zagweb. You can also view the 2017-2018 Course Catalog.

Spring 2018 Intermediate and Upper-level Courses

Modern Physics einstein

PHYS 205 - 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Adam Fritsch
Meeting Times: 10:00 am to 10:50 am MWF
Prerequisite: PHYS 204

Special relativity and an introduction to quantum mechanics, including the Schrödinger equation, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, the Pauli exclusion principle, and the Bohr atom.

Linear Electronics

PHYS 210 - 2 credits motherboard
Instructor: Dr. Allan Greer
Meeting Times: 10:50 am to 12:40 pm Tu
Prerequisite: PHYS 204L

This course is primarily a laboratory in which students learn basic concepts of linear electronics and laboratory techniques through passive components, DC and AC applications, use of test equipment, operational amplifiers, basic transistor circuits, and more. Two hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory exercise per week.

Intermediate Mechanics taylor-cover

PHYS 301 - 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Matthew Geske
Meeting Times: 9:00 am to 9:50 am MWF
Prerequisite: PHYS 300 or both MATH 259 and MATH 260

Particle and rigid body statics and dynamics in a rigorous vectorial calculus treatment. A fundamental introduction to theoretical physics.

Nuclear and Particle Physics bubble-tracks

PHYS 409 - 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Adam Fritsch
Meeting Times: 1:10 pm to 2:00 pm MWF
Prerequisite: PHYS 205

Study of experimental and theoretical aspects of nuclear interactions as they apply to nuclear structure and elementary particle characteristics.

Cosmology and Astrophysics ryden-cover

PHYS 415 - 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Erik Aver
Meeting Times: 11:00 am to 11:50 am MWF
Prerequisite: PHYS 300 or both MATH 259 and MATH 260

Study of the global evolution of the universe, including the expansion rate of the universe, big bang nucleosynthesis, the cosmic microwave background radiation, inflation, relativity, and other selected astrophysics topics.