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  1. UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY Department of Physics 1812 - Department of Natural & Experimental Philosophy - 1943 Est. 31 August 1931 Welcome to the Department of Physics, the home of advanced study in physics and nuclear engineering at the United States Military Academy. Click to begin

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  3. Advanced study in physics provides skill in critical thinking valued by all branches of the Army and an academic foundation well-suited for later specialization in virtually any technical field of value to the Army. Cadets who major in physics can serve the Army as acquisition project managers, astronauts, battalion commanders, doctors, engineers, intelligence specialists, nuclear weapons experts, physicists, and in other positions.

  4. UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY Department of Physics 1812 - Department of Natural & Experimental Philosophy - 1943 Est. 31 August 1931 Physics majors can serve the Army in any Branch... just ask the officers now assigned to the Department.

  5. UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY Department of Physics 1812 - Department of Natural & Experimental Philosophy - 1943 Est. 31 August 1931 Physics majors can serve the Army in any Branch... just ask the officers now assigned to the Department. just ask the officers now assigned to the Department. LTC Jaye MAJ Schlicht MAJ Page MAJ Cho MAJ Zinn MAJ Gerving MAJ Schools MAJ Schwarz MAJ Palazzo MAJ Giacomozzi COL Naessens COL Nelson LTC Sones MAJ Schock MAJ Campbell CPT Brady COL Winkel COL Bedey LTC Hartke MAJ Kalainoff MAJ Haufler MAJ Wehmeyer MAJ Rothenbush LTC Visosky MAJ Bull LTC Musk MAJ Viar MAJ Phillips MAJ Spear

  6. COL Naessens in Afghanistan You will be a part of the Army's Transformation Transformation during a time of sustained campaigning will not be easy; but it is a practice that appears many times in the history of our great Army. We must examine, design, and develop new solutions for a new and dangerous world, as we have done so successfully in our past. This will require the deep and personal commitment of every member of the Army team - every leader, every Soldier, every civilian, and every family member.

  7. Advanced Physics Program Goals Cadets who successfully complete a major in physics graduate with the following: • knowledge of physical principles necessary to lead Army science and technology efforts and adequate for graduate schooling • knowledge of experimental techniques necessary to lead Army science and technology efforts and adequate for graduate schooling • capability to apply advanced mathematics to solve complex problems • possession of enhanced scientific literacy, i.e., the ability to study and understand developments in science and technology and to communicate scientificideas

  8. These courses include significant Mathematical content Mathematics PH381 Intermediate Classical Mechanics PH482 Advanced Classical Mechanics PH382 Intermediate Electrodynamics PH381 Intermediate Classical Mechanics PH482 Advanced Classical Mechanics PH382 Intermediate Electrodynamics Physics Theory PH365 Modern Physics PH481 Statistical Physics PH484 Quantum Mechanics Experimental/Applied Physics PH366Applied Quantum Physics PH361 Experimental Physics PH477 Lasers and Optics These courses all have laboratory components To accomplish these goals we have designed a program with three distinct threads PH363 Mathematical Physics

  9. Content of Cadet ExperiencesCow Year • Fall • We lay the foundations for all three threads simultaneously with carefully designed courses in • Mathematical Physics, • Modern Physics, and • Experimental Physics. • Spring • Applied Quantum Physics uses the theory learned in Modern Physics, but is a lab course that continues the experimental thread. • Intermediate Classical Mechanics continues the theory thread but limits the topical coverage so that necessary math topics can be studied as they are needed.

  10. Content of Cadet ExperiencesFirstie Year • Fall • The experimental thread concludes with Lasers and Optics. • Theory courses include Advanced Classical Mechanics and Intermediate Electrodynamics—more math included as it is needed to understand the theoretical topics. • Spring • Statistical Physics and Quantum Mechanics conclude the theory thread and provide a solid foundation for future graduate study. • PH456, Science and Policy, integrates the physics major and core curriculum and completes the accomplishment of our scientific literacy goal.

  11. Choose any three-course engineering sequence that interests you. Physics Major for Class of 2009

  12. Research in the Department of Physics • The Department has senior faculty working on research in eight different areas. The investigators will make every effort to include interested and qualified cadets in their research efforts through Advanced Individual Study in Physics, PH489.

  13. Honors in Physics You can enhance your educational experience by pursuing honors in physics. Honors will be awarded to cadets who meet minimum GPA requirements and who take two additional courses from this list (PH489 is required unless an approved AIAD is completed): PH 374 Medical Radiation Physics PH 472 Space and Astrophysics PH 489 Advanced Individual Study MA 376 Applied Statistics MA 385 Chaos and Fractals MA 386 Introduction to Numerical Analysis MA 396 Numerical Methods for Solution of Differential Equations MA 476 Mathematical Statistics MA 484 Partial Differential Equations MA 485 Applied Complex Variables

  14. You can be teamed with officers or scientistslocated at Army and other national and international research laboratories. Previous AIAD work has been conducted at: • Lawrence Livermore Lab, California • Los Alamos Lab, New Mexico • NASA-Langley, Virginia • White Sands, New Mexico • Army Research Lab, Maryland • CERN Accelerator Lab, Switzerland • Laboratoire de Spectrometrie Ionique et • Moleculaire, France • You can be teamed with officers or scientistslocated at Army and other national and international research laboratories. Previous AIAD work has been conducted at: • Lawrence Livermore Lab, California • Los Alamos Lab, New Mexico • NASA-Langley, Virginia • White Sands, New Mexico • Army Research Lab, Maryland • CERN Accelerator Lab, Switzerland • Laboratoire de Spectrometrie Ionique et • Moleculaire, France • You can be teamed with officers or scientistslocated at Army and other national and international research laboratories. Previous AIAD work has been conducted at: • Lawrence Livermore Lab, California • Los Alamos Lab, New Mexico • NASA-Langley, Virginia • White Sands, New Mexico • Army Research Lab, Maryland • CERN Accelerator Lab, Switzerland • Laboratoire de Spectrometrie Ionique et • Moleculaire, France • You can be teamed with officers or scientistslocated at Army and other national and international research laboratories. Previous AIAD work has been conducted at: • Lawrence Livermore Lab, California • Los Alamos Lab, New Mexico • NASA-Langley, Virginia • White Sands, New Mexico • Army Research Lab, Maryland • CERN Accelerator Lab, Switzerland • Laboratoire de Spectrometrie Ionique et • Moleculaire, France • You can be teamed with officers or scientistslocated at Army and other national and international research laboratories. Previous AIAD work has been conducted at: • Lawrence Livermore Lab, California • Los Alamos Lab, New Mexico • NASA-Langley, Virginia • White Sands, New Mexico • Army Research Lab, Maryland • CERN Accelerator Lab, Switzerland • Laboratoire de Spectrometrie Ionique et • Moleculaire, France • You can be teamed with officers or scientistslocated at Army and other national and international research laboratories. Previous AIAD work has been conducted at: • Lawrence Livermore Lab, California • Los Alamos Lab, New Mexico • NASA-Langley, Virginia • White Sands, New Mexico • Army Research Lab, Maryland • CERN Accelerator Lab, Switzerland • Laboratoire de Spectrometrie Ionique et • Moleculaire, France • You can be teamed with officers or scientistslocated at Army and other national and international research laboratories. Previous AIAD work has been conducted at: • Lawrence Livermore Lab, California • Los Alamos Lab, New Mexico • NASA-Langley, Virginia • White Sands, New Mexico • Army Research Lab, Maryland • CERN Accelerator Lab, Switzerland • Laboratoire de Spectrometrie Ionique et • Moleculaire, France • You can be teamed with officers or scientistslocated at Army and other national and international research laboratories. Previous AIAD work has been conducted at: • Lawrence Livermore Lab, California • Los Alamos Lab, New Mexico • NASA-Langley, Virginia • White Sands, New Mexico • Army Research Lab, Maryland • CERN Accelerator Lab, Switzerland • Laboratoire de Spectrometrie Ionique et • Moleculaire, France Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD)

  15. QUESTIONS? Contact: COL Ray Nelson Dr. Lee Harrell 938-5012 938-3548 raymond.nelson@usma.edu lee.harrell@usma.edu