The Physics Department
is very closely linked with the Departments of Mathematics
and Computer Science, which allows both the faculty and students
opportunities for cross-disciplinary work. These are some
of the innovative teaching methods that members of our three
departments are currently developing or using, and sharing
with their colleagues at Hartford and other colleges and
Online homework has been used in both Mathematics (Webworks)
and Physics (UTexas Homework System) for a number of years.
Student response systems (or handheld "clickers") allow
an instructor to quickly poll the class and incorporate the
responses into the class material in real time. Members of
our Department of Mathematics are engaged in extensive development
of courses involving SRS.
The algebra-based introductory physics lectures have been
podcasted for several semesters. These audio MP3 files are
available to students, as are special podcasts discussing
special topics in physics.
Certain introductory physics courses have begun using "open
source" texts that are available free in PDF format or at
near-cost for printed and bound copies. In addition, Creative
Commons licensing allows instructors to modify the texts
to suit their specific needs.
offers both a B.A. and a B.S. in Physics, which prepares students for either graduate study or employment in a technical
field. In recent American Institute of Physics surveys, 96% of the nation’s recipients of bachelor’s degrees were
pursuing graduate work or employed one year after graduation. People with degrees in physics are working in such varied
fields as health sciences, telecommunications, fiberoptics technology, laser applications, computer modeling, science
education, and patent law. In addition, the requirements of the program are flexible enough to accommodate a variety