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  • Engineering Sample Schedule — Physics Major and Minor Requirements — Physics and Astronomy at Carthage — Carthage College
    3000 level or higher Physics Electives are offered in alternate years this means a student can expect to take any such course either as a junior or senior Please consult the College Catalog or contact the Department Chair for details Freshman Year Fall Term CHM 1020 1020L General Chemistry Lab or PHY 1200 1200L Fundamental Physics Lab MTH 1120 and 1120L Calculus I Lab COR 1100 Western Heritage I Modern Language course or Elective January Term REL 1000 Understandings of Religion or Elective Spring Term PHY 2200 General Physics I includes Lab MTH 1220 and 1220L Calculus II Lab COR 1110 Western Heritage II Modern Language course or Elective Sophomore Year Fall Term PHY 2210 General Physics II includes Lab MTH 2020 Differential Equations CSC 1110 Principles of Computer Science I Second Religion course or Elective EXS 0010 Concepts of Physical Fitness 1 credit January Term Optional Elective Spring Term PHY 2300 and 2300L Modern Physics Lab PHY 2470 Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers or MTH 2120 Multivariate Calculus MTH 2040 Linear Algebra or Elective Elective EXS Physical Fitness activity 1 credit Summer Term Optional competitive SURE Summer Undergraduate Research Experience on campus research Junior Year Fall Term PHY 3200 Mechanics or PHY 3300 Thermodynamics PHY 3120 Electronics Writing Intensive WI Elective Elective January Term Carthage Symposium CS team taught course or Elective Spring Term PHY 4200 Quantum Mechanics or PHY 4300 Electricity Magnetism PHY 400T Topics in Physics Biophysics Nuclear Physics Fluids MTH 3050 Theory of Statistics or Elective Global Heritage GH Elective or Elective Summer Term Optional competitive NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates REU Senior Year if staying for more than 3 years in Dual Degree Program Fall Term PHY 3200 Mechanics or PHY 3300 Thermodynamics PHY 3100 Optics or PHY 4100 Astrophysics or PHY 4900 Independent Research

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/physics/requirements/engineering-sample-schedule/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Danielle Weiland — Meet Carthage Physics Majors — Physics and Astronomy at Carthage — Carthage College
    is like an entire new world has opened up Everything about physics is amazing She says the biggest strength of the Carthage Physics and Astronomy Department is the department s dedicated faculty They make us what we are and help us succeed no matter what our goals are she explained As a member of the Carthage Microgravity Team Danielle traveled to NASA s Johnson Space Center in Houston in 2011 and 2012 to present and run an experiment that she and her fellow students designed The hard work paid off once we got to Houston for the zero g testing Danielle said of the year long research process We got to meet tons of great people who work for NASA who can help us get internships there in the future and even an astronaut After graduation she hopes to attend Embry Riddle University in Florida for Aerospace Engineering and continue doing experimental research for NASA Favorite professor My favorite professor so far is Dr Jean Quashnock because he keeps the class entertained while he teaches Favorite class My favorite class so far was Calculus I with Professor Aaron Trautwein because I was scared of that class in high school but Prof Trautwein made everything less scary I ended up receiving a perfect grade Toughest class Right now my toughest class is Differential Equations because I have only had Prof Trautwein teaching math so far at Carthage It s hard to get used to another math professor s style Favorite moments at Carthage My favorite moments are definitely the late nights spent in B 2 trying to focus on getting our microgravity research done Favorite spot on campus The messy living room of science Straz B 2 Biggest surprise so far How close everyone in the Physics Department is On campus

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/physics/student-voices/danielle-weiland (2013-06-13)
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  • KelliAnn Anderson — Meet Carthage Physics Majors — Physics and Astronomy at Carthage — Carthage College
    the frequency of the vibrations to measure any changes The more water in the tank the more the frequency would change and by measuring this change we were able to calculate how much water was inside the tank The team then traveled to Houston to run the experiment on NASA s zero gravity aircraft The results of the experiment were highly successful she concluded KelliAnn quickly realized the high caliber of her physics professors she said I ve had three different professors for my various physics classes so far and each one of them has been enthusiastic They absolutely love what they do and they have the know how and desire to pass that knowledge on she said They strive to make physics fun and accessible to all of the students whether freshmen or seniors she continued I also really love how easy they make it to get involved in the physics based activities on campus and even around the country Her curiosity will keep KelliAnn exploring even after Carthage She plans to attend graduate school Carthage is providing me an environment where I realize I could go on and do even greater things and giving me the confidence and determination I need to do so she said It d be a shame to stop On campus involvement I m a member of the Carthage chapter of SPS the Society of Physics Students and have participated on the Microgravity Team Favorite professor This is a very hard question I find Professor Jean Quashnock s excitement for physics infectious and he s an excellent teacher He knows just the right pace at which to teach giving you enough time to understand the material but also making sure it s not too easy and you always have something to do I can say the same thing of Professor Temple Burling another instructor I had for a physics class But at the same time I ve been fortunate enough to have a fantastic Spanish teacher as well Professor Sperber He teaches the language through several different media like reading writing speaking and playing games in small groups Those aren t things I m usually inclined to enjoy but when learning a new language they are very effective and this professor somehow finds a way to make them fun They re all great teachers Favorite class I m inclined to say that my current Drawing class is my favorite considering it s so different from everything else I m doing and takes a load of pressure off my shoulders but I have to reach way down deep and be perfectly honest My current physics class General Physics II has been my favorite class so far That s mostly because of the teacher Prof Quashnock and the fact that it focuses on electricity and magnetism which I discovered last year I really really enjoy Toughest class As for my toughest class I have to say that it s a three way tie between Fundamental Physics

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/physics/student-voices/kelliann-anderson/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Douglas Vodnik — Meet Carthage Physics Majors — Physics and Astronomy at Carthage — Carthage College
    of fun I got a taste of how research is done at the graduate and postgraduate level Douglas said I was also eventually able to present my research at a regional conference at Washington University in St Louis and I was able to use my research experience to propel me into obtaining a summer research position at the Colorado School of Mines last summer He appreciates the size of the program which while growing is still relatively small It creates a sense of camaraderie among students as we all struggle through the material together he said On campus involvement I am currently the vice president of SPS the Society of Physics Students a small group Bible study leader and executive team member for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and a member of Fencing Club Favorite professor My favorite physics professor is Dr Jean Quashnock or Q as he is affectionately known Like all physics professors Q is a bit wacky but he s a really nice guy and his love for students is quite evident Q is my advisor and over the past two years that I ve known him he has been a great mentor to me Favorite class It s very hard to pick a favorite class but of the ones I ve taken so far it might actually be Math Methods with Dr Erlan Wheeler Math Methods was just a great survey course of the basic mathematical tools that physicists need and as a result I learned a lot of useful and interesting things Also the fact that it was a survey course meant that we got the skip most of the tedious math proofs and get right to the applications which I as a physics major really appreciated Toughest class The most difficult class I ve taken so

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/physics/student-voices/douglas-vodnik (2013-06-13)
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  • Past Students — Meet Carthage Physics Majors — Physics and Astronomy at Carthage — Carthage College
    current students Stephanie Finnvik 12 I have so many different interests but going to Carthage I knew that I would have the opportunity to try each before I decided what I really wanted to do Kim Schultz 12 One of the best moments at Carthage for Kim was participating in the NASA Systems Engineering Educational Discovery SEED program She got to work on a team to design build and conduct an experiment for NASA Justin Sebens 11 Favorite professor Professor Arion because he is like a big kid He loves to show off his toys and he will do just about anything for you to help enhance your physics and Carthage experience Cecilia Grove 11 Physics is not for people who want an easy ticket it is hard But persevere Erin Gross 11 At Carthage Erin is taking full advantage of the 3 2 Pre Engineering Program Carthage offers This program allows students to study physics at Carthage for three years and then study engineering at UW Madison for the next two years Isa Fritz 10 Favorite class Hands down Observational Astrophysics I learned so much during that course from all about how telescopes work to how to operate a

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/physics/student-voices/past-students/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Fitted for Flight — Carthage participates in 2011 NASA SEED Program — Carthage Microgravity Program — Physics and Astronomy at Carthage — Carthage College
    is like sitting on top of yourself and trying to do a push up at the same time and then in a matter of five seconds you re floating in the middle of the air One finger pushed against the wall shoots you across to the other It s an insane feeling but it s something that I think everyone should experience if they can Stephanie started counting down to flight day months ago Last night when I went to bed it was 58 1 2 hours until we got on the plane just in case you were wondering she announces to a laughing Prof Crosby during a morning NASA briefing Minutes later she s trying on her flight suit in Ellington Field room 993 I ve been waiting for this for approximately 362 days she laughs referring to the day she got her flight suit last year I don t want to take it off ever She s not the only one Every flier is assigned a suit and receives an official NASA badge The olive green suits are covered with Velcro and zippers Velcro at the waist and sleeve zippered pockets at each ankle and knee across your chest and on the arm Once the students try on the suits many wear them for the rest of the day We re wearing these to dinner Stephanie joked Unfortunately when the flight is over the suits go back to NASA But the badge That s for keeps Our names are in gold and there s a NASA emblem on it Stephanie says Then she looks down at her suit again Yeah I m going to sleep in this NASA 2011 See Videos from the Trip Student Blog Thursday March 31 Welcome to Ellington Field Friday April 1 This Year

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/physics/microgravity/2011-coverage/flight-suits/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Ian Brodie Alumni Profile — Physics Department Alumni — Physics and Astronomy at Carthage — Carthage College
    with very specific goals in mind Mr Brodie said They don t always know to to accomplish those goals so it s the job of solutions engineers to fabricate optical systems to best suit their needs Mr Brodie made his first connections with Edmund Optics before graduating from Carthage Two representatives from the company came to Carthage to award Dr Douglas Arion the honor of Optics Hero Mr Brodie recalls They also brought pizza and offered to meet with some students in the department about working at the company They described my dream job I sent them my resume as soon as I could He said the community at Carthage prepared him for his job Carthage is family People cry with you love you and teach you things he said A building can t do that People can Professors from Carthage have also been influential Dr Arion taught me the importance of precision and simplicity Dr Crosby helped me learn to trust myself Dr Quashnock helped me set priorities in my life For other students who are considering a major in physics at Carthage Mr Brodie highly recommends the physics professors Squeeze every ounce of usefulness out of them There

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/physics/alumni/ian-brodie/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Samantha (Kreppel) Alberts Alumni Profile — Physics Department Alumni — Physics and Astronomy at Carthage — Carthage College
    flew aboard NASA s Weightless Wonder in 2010 as part of the Carthage Microgravity Team The team has been selected to conduct microgravity research for NASA six years in a row Ms Alberts is continuing her NASA research today in her graduate studies Today Ms Alberts is still designing experiments for NASA but instead of the Weightless Wonder they ll be conducted somewhere a bit higher the International Space Station Ms Alberts is working directly with Purdue University s Dr Steven Collicott to create an experiment that could help provide data on how fluid changes shapes inside tubes in a zero G environment The research gathered would help improve the design of spacecraft systems that rely on fluids and gases to act in a certain way such as life support equipment and fuel tanks Participating in the NASA SEED program is what ignited my passion for space research Ms Alberts said The Carthage 2010 SEED research was a launch pad for my fluid dynamics work with Dr Collicott Ms Alberts life has been non stop since she graduated from Carthage in May 2010 She presented her Carthage senior thesis at the Committee on Space Research Conference in Germany got married and took a position with the U S Department of Agriculture After a year off she and her husband Brian both decided to pursue graduate school He is pursuing a master s degree in history she chose aerospace engineering She is currently finishing up her master s thesis and plans to take the qualifying exams for admittance to Purdue s doctoral program Like many students in her field she is wrestling with the decision to work in the industry or in academia This summer she will intern at an aerospace company to get some experience which will hopefully help her

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/physics/alumni/samantha-kreppel-alberts-profile/ (2013-06-13)
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