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Physics at Pitt-Johnstown

Pitt-Johnstown provides students with the opportunity to compliment their chosen major with a minor in Physics. Students majoring in Mathematics, Chemistry, or Engineering Technology should consider taking a physics minor in order to make their resume more attractive to future employers.


What Physics classes are available?

The courses listed below are only a small glimpse into the Physics courses available on our campus. To view the full list of Physics course descriptions, click here

PHYSICS 1 
First semester of calculus-based physics. Topics include mechanics, conservation laws, fluid mechanics, vibrations, waves, and sound.

CLASSICAL MECHANICS 
This course covers kinematics and dynamics of point masses with various force laws; central forces, including planetary and satellite motion; conservation laws; systems of particles; accelerating coordinate systems; rigid body motions; topics from Lagrange's formulations of mechanics; and Einstein's special relativity and how it modifies Newtonian mechanics.

QUANTUM PHYSICS 
Breakdown of classical physics, photons and De Broglie waves, Schrodinger's equation, particle in a box, harmonic oscillator, the hydrogen atom, atomic physics, molecular bonding and spectra, concepts of statistical mechanics, blackbody radiation, lasers, and solid state physics, with emphasis on semiconductors.



Pitt-Johnstown Physics Faculty

 

  Beta Keramati (Temple University)

 Office Location: 149 Krebs Hall

 Phone: 814-269-2089

 E-mail: keramati@pitt.edu

 

 

 

 

 Dr. Kevin Martin (Lehigh University) 

Office Location: 118 Krebs Hall 

Phone: 814-269-2951 

E-mail: kmartin@pitt.edu 

 

 

 

 

 Dr. Allan Walstad (University of Massachusetts)

 Office Location: 117 Krebs Hall

 Phone: 814-269-2974

 E-mail: awalstad@pitt.edu

 

 

 

 

David Willey (Ohio State University) 

Office Location: 152 Krebs Hall 

Phone: 814-269-2021 

 E-mail: dwilley@pitt.edu 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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Last Reviewed: January 18, 2012