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  • Academics in Action | Whittier College
    here Home Academics Physics Astronomy Academics in Action Academics in Action On 10 Oct 2013 By mramos1 0 Comments PHYSICS CLUB STAR PARTY Stargazing and S mores in Joshua Tree National Park by Amanda Edwards 13 I HAD JUST FINISHED A LONG WEEK OF CLASSES WORK AND PAPERS Finally it was Friday On this particular Friday I was anxious for work to end and the weekend to begin because I was going to Star Party Star Party is an event the physics club puts on every semester to Joshua Tree National Park for some amazing star gazing All 30 some students piled in an old fashioned school bus with our tents sleeping bags flashlights guitars and s more stuff I knew most of the people going even though we had never formerly met That is the nature of Whittier College you know so many more people than you think you do just by association within the community The Physics Club left to get there early so Dr Piner had time to set up the high magnification telescope on the tripod When we arrived at camp there was a warm fire already made The warm fire was much appreciated because the temperature drops to the 50s after the sun sets The campsite is fit to accommodate 45 people There is a central pavilion with three tables on a cement deck To the right are two grills for barbequing The fire pit is located further into the campsite and we were free to set up our tents where we pleased within the boundaries of our plot Some of the group gathered around the fire while others cooked or looked through the telescope where Dr Piner had a double star in focus He explained that often when one sees a big bright star

    Original URL path: http://www.whittier.edu/academics/physics/research/starparty (2016-01-26)
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  • Alumni Spotlight | Whittier College
    Links Faculty Research Fieldwork Internships Fellowships After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Physics Astronomy Alumni Spotlight Alumni Spotlight On 13 Nov 2013 By mramos1 0 Comments Dipesh Bhattari 05 Process Development Engineer Cree Inc MA Major Physics Activities Physics Club ISSO What first attracted you to Whittier College I was attracted to Whittier College s liberal arts environment where I could pick and choose between varieties of curriculum The Los Angeles area also has nice weather and nice beaches Why did you choose to study physics I have been passionate about physics ever since the eighth grade The fundamental way in which physics explains natural phenomena has always interested me I used to read about Einstein s theory of relativity when I was in the ninth standard Optics has been my favorite sub branch of physics By studying physics I was pursuing my passion Describe your experience at Whittier College Who was your favorite professor My f irst year was fun and full of new experiences and new friends My second year was mostly about getting more focused towards my goals My third and fourth year I was mostly taking physics and mathematics classes My favorite professors were Seamus Lagan and Glenn Piner they supported me throughout my undergraduate education and also helped me find a graduate school What was your most memorable moment at Whittier College My most memorable moment at Whittier College was while organizing the Sigma Pi Sigma induction ceremony for 2006 I took a leadership role for the first time What was your first job after Whittier What are you currently up to How has your Whittier education benefited you professionally After graduating from Whittier I worked with Professor Piner for a year analyzing and plotting VLBI data for three different quasars We found

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  • About | Whittier College
    form Search Calendar Directory Campus Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni Physics Homepage Slider Physics Professor Awarded NASA Grant The first NASA grant to be awarded to Whittier College will support an astronomer s study of blazars Read more Physics Club Star Party Stargazing and s mores in Joshua Tree National Park Read more Alumni Spotlight A Q A with physics alumnus Dipesh Bhattari 05 process development engineer at Cree Inc Read more Prev Next In This Section Physics Mobile About Majors Minors Preview of Courses Honor Society Clubs Organizations Facilities Resources Links Faculty Research Fieldwork Internships Fellowships After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Physics Astronomy About About On 26 Apr 2013 By Anonymous not verified 0 Comments At Whittier Physics and Astronomy is a small department attracting some of the College s best students to a friendly atmosphere small classes opportunities to participate in research and close interactions with faculty Courses are rigorous designed to prepare students for entry into Ph D programs in Physics yet flexible enough to offer students options that can help prepare them for careers in teaching and employment in industry after graduation Many physics majors also complete a second major or minor in mathematics Physics courses are often taught in a non traditional workshop format that emphasizes learning by investigation and extensive use of the department s excellent computing facilities Majors enjoy access to a Physics Math Study Lounge where students can work together on homework or simply put their feet up Whittier College s student run Physics Club is at the core of the intellectual and social life of the department The club sponsors lectures by physicists from other colleges universities national labs and industrial labs who discuss their research as well as astronomy parties in the desert

    Original URL path: http://www.whittier.edu/academics/physics/about (2016-01-26)
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  • Majors & Minors | Whittier College
    You are here Home Academics Physics Astronomy Majors Minors Majors Minors On 26 Apr 2013 By Anonymous not verified 0 Comments The Department of Physics offers a Major in Physics Major in Physics with an Emphasis in Astronomy and a Minor in Physics Maximum Credits in Physics Courses Physics majors should be aware that a maximum of 48 credits of physics courses can be counted toward the 120 units required for graduation Physics majors are welcome to take more than 48 credits of physics courses but doing so will necessitate completion of more than 120 credits in order to receive a B A from Whittier College Preparation for Graduate Programs Students planning to enter Ph D programs in Physics should plan to take more than the minimum number of Physics and Math courses Guidelines for a Major in Physics To receive a B A in Physics from Whittier College students must complete 31 credits of required physics courses 15 credits of required math courses and either option I or option II below Required Physics Courses Calculus based Physics I Mechanics PHYS 150 4 credits Calculus based Physics II Electricity Magnetism and Thermodynamics PHYS 180 5 credits Computational Oscillations and Waves PHYS 250 3 credits Optics and Modern Physics PHYS 275 4 credits Classical Mechanics PHYS 310 3 credits Electromagnetic Theory PHYS 330 3 credits Quantum Mechanics PHYS 350 3 credits Experimental Physics PHYS 380 3 credits Senior Seminar PHYS 499A B 3 credits Required Math Courses Calculus I and II MATH 141 A B 8 credits Note MATH 139 A B may substitute for MATH 141A Calculus III MATH 241 4 credits Elementary Applied Linear Algebra and Differential Equations MATH 242 3 credits Option I Completion of 9 credits from the following list at least six must be in Physics Electronics and Computer Interfacing PHYS 205 3 credits Optics PHYS 320 3 credits Statistical Physics PHYS 315 3 credits Astrophysics PHYS 360 3 credits Solid State Physics PHYS 375 3 credits Selected Topics PHYS 390 490 3 credits Undergraduate Research PHYS 396 496 1 3 credits Complex Variables MATH 344 3 credits Differential Equations I MATH 345A 3 credits Numerical Analysis MATH 350 3 credits Linear Algebra MATH 380 3 credits Programming I COSC 120 3 credits Option II Completion of 6 credits from the list above at least 3 in physics plus a two semester introductory sequence in another science approved by the department e g CHEM 110 A B Guidelines for the Major in Physics with an Emphasis in Astronomy To receive a B A in Physics with an emphasis in Astronomy from Whittier College students must complete 44 credits of required physics courses and 15 credits of required math courses Required Physics Courses Astronomy of the Solar System PHYS 100 3 credits Astronomy of Stars Galaxies and the Universe PHYS 101 3 credits Calculus based Physics I Mechanics PHYS 150 4 credits Calculus based Physics II Electricity Magnetism and Thermodynamics PHYS 180 5 credits Computational Oscillations and

    Original URL path: http://www.whittier.edu/academics/physics/majors (2016-01-26)
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  • Preview of Courses | Whittier College
    be awarded to Whittier College will support an astronomer s study of blazars Read more Physics Club Star Party Stargazing and s mores in Joshua Tree National Park Read more Alumni Spotlight A Q A with physics alumnus Dipesh Bhattari 05 process development engineer at Cree Inc Read more Prev Next In This Section Physics Mobile About Majors Minors Preview of Courses Honor Society Clubs Organizations Facilities Resources Links Faculty Research Fieldwork Internships Fellowships After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Physics Astronomy Preview of Courses Preview of Courses On 26 Apr 2013 By Anonymous not verified 0 Comments The following are courses that have been offered or are usually offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy For a comprehensive list of courses please refer to the current Schedule of Classes or Course Catalog INTD 217 Search for Extraterrestrial Life Does life exist elsewhere in the universe This course examines this question in detail from the possibility of fossil bacteria existing on mars to the possibility of advanced races colonizing the galaxy Topics studied include the detection of planets around other stars the evolution of life and intelligence on Earth the search for life in our Solar System radio astronomical searches for extraterrestrial intelligence and UFO and alien abduction phenomena INTD290 Nanotechnology and Society Nanotechnology is by its nature an interdisciplinary subject It is where different fields of science and technology converge physics chemistry biology and engineering This exciting field will bring about profound changes in our lives ultra fast computers disease fighting nano robots nanobots self cleaning and color changing car window surfaces to name a few In this course the basic principles of nanoscience and nanotechnology as well as the dynamic and reciprocal interaction and impact of technology including nanotechnology and society are covered at length

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  • Clubs & Organizations | Whittier College
    Whittier News Events Office of Communications News Releases Campus Events Calendar The Rock For the Media Emergency Information Athletics Athletics Alumni Get Involved Our Alumni Poet Awards Benefits Services Connect Whittier Weekend Information For Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Information for Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Apply Visit Search form Search Calendar Directory Campus Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni Physics Homepage Slider Physics Professor Awarded NASA Grant The first NASA grant to be awarded to Whittier College will support an astronomer s study of blazars Read more Physics Club Star Party Stargazing and s mores in Joshua Tree National Park Read more Alumni Spotlight A Q A with physics alumnus Dipesh Bhattari 05 process development engineer at Cree Inc Read more Prev Next In This Section Physics Mobile About Majors Minors Preview of Courses Honor Society Clubs Organizations Facilities Resources Links Faculty Research Fieldwork Internships Fellowships After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Physics Astronomy Clubs Organizations Clubs Organizations On 26 Apr 2013 By Anonymous not verified 0 Comments The Department of Physics offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of clubs and organizations that promote academic and professional growth and more importantly connect students to peers who want to have fun and build upon their passions Recognized student clubs and organizations affiliated with Physics and Astronomy are listed below Physics Club Established in 1993 the Physics Club at Whittier College promotes both an interest in physics and lifelong friendships among the club members not all of whom are majors in the field Over the years the club has sponsored the highly anticipated astronomy star party which involves overnight camping in the desert or in the mountains faculty vs student volleyball games movie nights lectures by astronomers

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  • Facilities | Whittier College
    Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni Physics Homepage Slider Physics Professor Awarded NASA Grant The first NASA grant to be awarded to Whittier College will support an astronomer s study of blazars Read more Physics Club Star Party Stargazing and s mores in Joshua Tree National Park Read more Alumni Spotlight A Q A with physics alumnus Dipesh Bhattari 05 process development engineer at Cree Inc Read more Prev Next In This Section Physics Mobile About Majors Minors Preview of Courses Honor Society Clubs Organizations Facilities Resources Links Faculty Research Fieldwork Internships Fellowships After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Physics Astronomy Facilities Facilities On 26 Apr 2013 By Anonymous not verified 0 Comments The Department of Physics and Astronomy uses cutting edge equipment both on and off campus to understand matter from the largest to the smallest scales On the largest scales the department makes extensive use of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory s Very Long Baseline Array for studies of quasars These energetic objects are the most distant visible objects in the universe at distances of billions of light years The Very Long Baseline Array consists of an array of ten radio telescopes stretching from the Virgin Islands to Hawaii observing at frequencies from 300 MHz to 86 GHz The department maintains a fully equipped undergraduate research lab with four dedicated Linux workstations for the analysis of data from this array For studies of matter on the smallest scales the department has a research grade atomic force microscope AFM The AFM is a very compact high resolution microscope that affords real time atomic and molecular resolution imaging But it would be a mistake to consider the AFM as just a very powerful microscope It also allows one to perform mechanical electrical magnetic and chemical measurements

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  • Resources & Links | Whittier College
    of Communications News Releases Campus Events Calendar The Rock For the Media Emergency Information Athletics Athletics Alumni Get Involved Our Alumni Poet Awards Benefits Services Connect Whittier Weekend Information For Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Information for Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Apply Visit Search form Search Calendar Directory Campus Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni Physics Homepage Slider Physics Professor Awarded NASA Grant The first NASA grant to be awarded to Whittier College will support an astronomer s study of blazars Read more Physics Club Star Party Stargazing and s mores in Joshua Tree National Park Read more Alumni Spotlight A Q A with physics alumnus Dipesh Bhattari 05 process development engineer at Cree Inc Read more Prev Next In This Section Physics Mobile About Majors Minors Preview of Courses Honor Society Clubs Organizations Facilities Resources Links Faculty Research Fieldwork Internships Fellowships After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Physics Astronomy Resources Links Resources Links On 26 Apr 2013 By Anonymous not verified 0 Comments The Department of Physics and Astronomy has compiled the following websites which you may find useful for your studies Serious Information Google Physics Web

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