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Jeffrey Dunham

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of Natural Sciences




Course List: 

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FYSE 1493 - Soviet Espionage-Atom Bomb      

Soviet Espionage and the American Atomic Bomb Project
Only in the past several years has the public learned the full extent of Soviet espionage activities against the United States during World War II. Documents released from Soviet intelligence archives and wartime Soviet diplomatic cables decrypted by the National Security Agency's Venona Project detail the extraordinary success of Soviet intelligence in obtaining information about the American atomic bomb project (Manhattan Project) and other wartime secrets. Why were so many Americans willing, even eager, to spy, or serve as agents of influence, on behalf of the Soviet Union? We will read various secondary texts on this subject and use the Venona documents themselves as primary texts. 3 hrs. sem. CW HIS

Fall 2017

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PHYS 0104 - Chaos Complexity and Self-Org.      

Chaos, Complexity, and Self-Organization
A paradigm shift has occurred throughout the natural sciences in recent years. Our understanding of the strict determinism of the Newtonian world-view has been revised in surprising and fruitful new ways, providing an outlook that emphasizes the fundamental significance of open, evolving systems. This course explores recent work on chaos, fractals, complexity, and self-organization. Ideas from these fields suggest new ways of thinking about life and mind, and how they arise as emergent phenomena from a physical world of dead and mindless fundamental particles interacting through aimless fundamental forces. We will also explore the influence of these basic ideas on the humanities and the social sciences. Although the course is largely nonmathematical, students should be willing to use elementary high school algebra. 3 hrs. lect. DED SCI

Spring 2019, Spring 2020

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PHYS 0202 - Quantum Physics Applications      

Quantum Physics and Applications
This course introduces quantum theory and statistical mechanics, and explores the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, the Schrödinger wave equation, and wave mechanics. These techniques are then applied to atomic, molecular, nuclear, and elementary particle systems. (PHYS 0201; PHYS 0212 concurrent or prior) 3 hrs. lect. DED SCI

Spring 2018

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PHYS 0220 - Introduction to Mathematica      

Introduction to Mathematica
Mathematica is a scientific software application that consists of a flexible high-level programming language with thousands of powerful built-in functions for symbolic, numeric, and graphical computation typical of physics and other quantitative fields. Undergraduates can use Mathematica for coursework, senior projects, and throughout their professional careers. In this course we will focus on the principles at the core of Mathematica and how these principles unify such a great range of computational capabilities. (PHYS 0109 and 0110; Recommended: MATH 0200 and a traditional “computer programming course” in high school or college) DED SCI

Winter 2019, Winter 2020

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PHYS 0330 - Analytical Mechanics      

Analytical Mechanics
An intermediate-level course in the kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid body motion. The topics will include: analysis and application of Newton's law of mechanics; the concepts of work, energy, and power; energy conservation; momentum and momentum conservation; torque, angular momentum, and angular momentum conservation; oscillatory motion; and central-force motion. Lagrange's and Hamilton's formulations of classical mechanics will be introduced with emphasis placed on developing problem-solving strategies and techniques. (PHYS 0109 and PHYS 0212) 3 hrs. lect.

Fall 2018

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PHYS 0500 - Ind. Study & Special Topic      

Independent Study and Special Topics
(Approval required)

Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020

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PHYS 0705 - Senior Research & Thesis      

Senior Research and Thesis
Independent research in the fall, winter, and spring terms culminating in a written thesis (two units total). (Approval required)

Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020

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Department of Physics

McCardell Bicentennial Hall
276 Bicentennial Way
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753