Physics


The study of physics enables students to develop the important skills of deductive and analytical reasoning. It provides an understanding of natural phenomena and demands that the student be able to express an intuitive model of nature in mathematical terms. In short the study of physics is the study of problem-solving. The skills developed help prepare the graduate for the ever-changing technical world in which we live and for life in general.


The department’s faculty members are dedicated to undergraduate teaching. The introductory course for majors is Workshop Physics, where the class meets in the laboratory for an in-depth experimental investigation of physical principles. Advanced physics courses have typical class sizes of four to eight students, which are small enough to allow the kind of individualized teaching which physics really requires. Nearly all the advanced physics students engage in individual research projects with a faculty mentor. Recent research projects have included work in areas of experimental high energy physics, the physics of music, observational astronomy, remote sensing using satellite data, and physics pedagogy.


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For many students, the course in Documentary Research is their first foray into making media.
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Students in Jeremy Teissére's 'Mind and Brain' course have quite a challenge - can the experience of consciousness be narrowed down to 100 billion neurons?
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Dr. Roland Kushner knows that management skills can't be taught in a vacuum.
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Professor Dan Wilson’s students don’t just read about history; they learn from those who lived it.
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What insights can worms provide about tissue and organ systems in the human body?
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For many students in Dr. Douglas Ovens' class, this is their first musical experience at Muhlenberg.
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Dr. Niesenbaum's Field Biology and Plant Ecology class is just one of many to use the 63-acre Graver Arboretum.
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Dr. Amy Hark wants her students to look beyond the classroom and see the impact the subjects they are studying have in the wider world.
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Students in Dr. George Benjamin’s class are mastering more than basic computer science skills. They’re learning about programming and robotics by focusing on problem sets.
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Dr. Daniel Doviak, assistant professor of philosophy at Muhlenberg College, invites his environmental philosophy students to study the relationship between humanity and the world they occupy.
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