Bruce Alphenaar

Undergraduate Discipline

Physics

BS, Trinity College. PhD, Yale University. Author of publications and patents in the fields of nanoscale device physics, optoelectronic characterization of novel materials, photovoltaics, and advanced concepts for logic and memory applications. Recipient of research grants from the National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, US Department of Energy, and NASA. Previously taught at the University of Louisville and the University of Cambridge, England. Industrial research experience at Philips Research Laboratories (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and Hitchi (Cambridge, England and Tokyo, Japan). SLC, 2022–

Undergraduate Courses 2022-2023

Physics

Classical Mechanics (Calculus-Based General Physics)

Open, Small Lecture—Fall

Calculus-based general physics is a standard course at most institutions; as such, this course will prepare you for more advanced work in the physical science, engineering, or health fields. The course will cover introductory classical mechanics, including kinematics, dynamics, momentum, energy, and gravity. Emphasis will be placed on scientific skills, including problem solving, development of physical intuition, scientific communication, use of technology, and development and execution of experiments. The best way to develop scientific skills is to practice the scientific process. We will focus on learning physics through discovering, testing, analyzing, and applying fundamental physics concepts in an interactive classroom, as well as in weekly laboratory meetings.

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Electromagnetism & Light (Calculus-Based General Physics)

Open, Small Lecture—Spring

Calculus-based general physics is a standard course at most institutions; as such, this course will prepare you for more advanced work in the physical science, engineering, or health fields. This course will cover waves, geometric and wave optics, electrostatics, magnetostatics, and electrodynamics. We will use the exploration of the particle and wave properties of light to bookend our discussions and ultimately finish our exploration of classical physics with the hints of its incompleteness. Emphasis will be placed on scientific skills, including: problem solving, development of physical intuition, scientific communication, use of technology, and development and execution of experiments. The best way to develop scientific skills is to practice the scientific process. We will focus on learning physics through discovering, testing, analyzing, and applying fundamental physics concepts in an interactive classroom, as well as in weekly laboratory meetings.

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