Physics and astronomy
The Physics and
Astronomy learning community connects students who are interested in the physics,
astronomy or engineering physics. Join this group to meet other students, get
to know the faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, find people to
study with, and go on field trips to local spots of scientific interest.
Seats in certain
high-demand, major based classes will be reserved for Physics and
Astronomy learning community freshmen. Your adviser will help you enroll in
these courses, which you will attend with other members of your learning
community. Visit priority enrollment to find out more about enrollment and
advising. Seats will be reserved in:
PHY 103 – First Year Seminar
Introduces first-year majors to the academic content, degree programs,
faculty, resources, facilities, and opportunities available in the Department
of Physics and Astronomy.
PHY 161/L – University Physics I
First course and lab in the three-semester introductory physics
PHY 161R - University Physics I Recitation
Recitation section provides students with an opportunity to work on
problem-solving and get additional questions answered. Complements the PHY 161
MAT 125 – Precalculus
This course covers the concepts of function, graphs, absolute value,
linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric
functions, and systems of equations, in addition to analytic geometry.
Students in the learning community will be enrolled in the same section of this
MAT 136 - Calculus I
Building on the foundations of pre-calculus, this course covers the
calculus of one variable including basic concepts, interpretations, techniques,
and applications of differentiation and integration. Students in the learning
community will be enrolled in the same section of this course.
Past events and activities
learning community residents work with residence hall staff and the faculty
liaison to plan exciting and meaningful activities. Past events that were held
in the physics and astronomy include:
Meet other physics and astronomy learning community residents and
discuss activities that you would like to see happen.
Meet the physics and astronomy faculty in an informal setting by
sitting down to dinner with them. This will give you a chance to ask questions
about classes, about physics, about jobs—whatever you need to know.
Past field trips have included trips to:
- the Lowell
Observatory for star-gazing
- the Naval Prototype Optical
Interferometer for its awesome technology
- the Grand Canyon to study astrobiology
Crater to tour the crater
The community (peer) mentor offers informal tutoring in math and