Brian M. Davies, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Physics at Western Illinois University

Physics 101 (Spring 2018) - Introduction to Astronomy   Syllabus   Class Notes   Sky and weather links   Writing assignment and movies

The Physics 101 final exam is on Tuesday, May 8 at 3 p.m in the usual room, Currens 205. The exam will have about 60 questions.
If you don't have time to read in the OpenStax book (which has much more on galaxies than I intend to cover) then look at the day29 and day30 notes, and the powerpoints for these days. These are already posted; use the class notes link above.

The Openstax Astronomy book is the required textbook for this course. (If the required book is free and online, the bookstore will list 'no text required' but that is only because they don't need to order printed copies.) See   Click on "download a PDF" and you can get a 153 MB pdf file with high resolution pictures. You can also get a smaller version with lower resolution images, or you can read it online in your web browser.

Physics 125 (Spring 2018) - General Physics II   Syllabus   Homework assignments   Wave simulations and other resources  Nuclear lectures (PowerPoint)

The Physics 125 final exam is at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 7. The exam will cover Ch. 27, 28, and 29, and will be similar in length to the previous exams, so everyone should have time to finish it. Please make up a single sheet (both sides) of notes for yourself.

The Physics Tutoring Center is located in Currens 515 (southeast corner on the top floor). It will be open from noon until 7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The tutors are upper-level physics majors and graduate students who can help you with your homework and with general physics questions.

During spring 2018, I will also be team-teaching Physics 182 and Physics 482, which will use Western Online.

Courses taught previously at WIU (last time taught at WIU) [number of times taught at WIU]:

Physics 101 (Fall 2017) [18]  -  Introduction to Astronomy   Syllabus   Class Notes   Sky and weather links   Writing assignment and movies 
Physics 124 (Fall 2017)     [15]  -  General Physics I   Syllabus   Homework assignments   Wave simulations and other resources
Physics 125 (Spring 2017) [14]  -  General Physics II    Syllabus   Homework assignments   Additional Resources   Nuclear lectures (PowerPoint)
Physics 312 (Spring 2010)  [3]  -  Engineering Mechanics   Syllabus   Homework assignments
Physics 327 (Spring 2006)  [1]  -  Electronics   Syllabus   Homework assignments   Books on reserve   Errata for the textbook 
Physics 354 (Spring 2010)  [3]  -  Thermodynamics   Syllabus   Homework Assignments
Physics 427 (Fall 2016)       [7]  -  Advanced Electronics   Syllabus   Homework assignments   Books on reserve   Errata for Diefenderfer's book (no longer used in this course, but may be available on reserve) 
Physics 428 (Fall 2005)       [2]  -  Applied Optics  Syllabus   Homework Assignments   Animations and simulations   Errata for Hecht's 4th edition 
Physics 470 (Fall 2011)       [4]  -  Modern Experimental Physics   Syllabus   Books on reserve
Physics 482 (Spring 2017)  [4]  -  Science in Context (for science education majors) - uses Western Online
                                                      cross-listed as Bio/Chem/Phys 482   Syllabus (old, without schedule)   Schedule (old)
Physics 577 (Spring 2006)  [1]  -  independent study - Advanced Optics - homework and activities

ISAAPT - the Illinois section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) - I served as the IL section Newsletter editor for a few years, and previously served as a member of the IL section Executive Council (our leadership group in Illinois) for six years. I organized the Spring 2007 meeting and the Spring 2013 meeting of the Illinois section, which were held here at the WIU Physics Dept. In the summer of 2007 I was invited to the American Center for Physics to participate in an AAPT Governance Retreat. In 2009 I received the Distinguished Service Citation from the ISAAPT (photo here).  My service as the President of the Illinois section for 2011-2012 is documented on the web site (officers of ISAAPT in 2012 with photos).

My prior professional work experience.
Major grants and contracts.
My publication list (this is on a non-WIU web site and is incomplete)

Miscellaneous stuff:

Talking points about the advanced lab.

Links to online resources and some physics journals of interest to physics students.

Since 2011, I have been very active in developing the Macomb Food Co-op (which has an online market at and has a store at 211 S. McArthur here in Macomb).

For the panel discussion (April 22, 2010) of the film Carbon Nation, I mentioned the material summarized in this file:
Clarifying the Coal Question, which was a presentation given to the Sustainability Brown Bag seminar series, on Feb. 17, 2009 (summary form only)