Department of Physics

Associate Prof. Nakroshis and Prof. Ziffer receive funding from the Maine Space Grant Consortium

Associate Prof. Nakroshis and Prof. Ziffer have received funding from the Maine Space Grant Consortium for their project titled “A Computationally Integrated Physics Curriculum”. This project will make the USM Physics Major the first college/university inMaine to publicly commit to comprehensively integrate computational work throughout the physics major’s curriculum. For over a hundred years, physics has been emphasizing the solution to problems which can be solved by paper and pencil. In the year 2019, with readily available computing capabilities at every student’s fingertips, ​we will transform our curriculum to include computational projects and computational thinking in all our upper level courses.​ This will allow students to solve problems which are not solvable by closed form analytical expressions, and will allow students to use computers as a tool to build an intuitive understanding of the underlying physics. In addition, we will be preparing students to be extremely well-prepared to enter a workforce where the ability to import, analyze, and manipulate data is of paramount importance.