Brian M. Davies, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Physics at Western Illinois University
Physics 101 (Fall 2013) - Introduction to Astronomy Syllabus Class Notes Sky and weather links Writing assignment and movies
The final exam will be at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10 in the usual classroom, Currens 205. This will be a comprehensive exam over all the material, Ch. 1 through 13. There will be 60 questions but otherwise the same format and procedure as the hourly exams.
Physics 124 (Fall 2013) - General Physics I Syllabus Homework assignments
The final exam will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 9 in the usual classroom, Currens 205. It will cover Ch. 12 - 14, but you may also need to know some of the material from earlier thermal chapters and the most basic mechanics equations and units.
Registration for Physics 125: Most of you have registered. I would like to encourage a couple students to switch from the 9 a.m. and the 1 p.m. Thursday sections into my section at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, in order to even out the size of those labs.
NEW HOURS: The Physics Tutoring Center is located in Currens 515 (southeast corner on the top floor) and is open on Mon., Tues., Wed., and Thur., from noon - 7 p.m. and Friday noon - 3 p.m. The tutors are upper-level physics majors and graduate students, who can help you with your homework and with general physics questions. A graduate of the M.S. program, Godfrey Walwema will be handling the noon - 3 p.m. period.
Courses taught previously at WIU (last time taught at WIU) [number of
times taught at WIU]:
Physics 101 (Spring 2013)  - Introduction to Astronomy Syllabus Class Notes Sky and weather links Writing assignment and movies
Physics 124 (Fall 2012)  - General Physics I Syllabus Homework assignments Wave simulations and other resources
Physics 125 (Spring 2013)  - General Physics II Syllabus Homework assignments Additional Resources Nuclear lectures (PowerPoint)
Physics 312 (Spring 2010)  - Engineering Mechanics Syllabus Homework assignments
Physics 327 (Spring 2006)  - Electronics Syllabus Homework assignments Books on reserve Errata for the textbook
Physics 354 (Spring 2010)  - Thermodynamics Syllabus Homework Assignments
Physics 427 (Fall 2012)  - Advanced Electronics Syllabus Homework assignments Books on reserve Errata for Diefenderfer's book
Physics 428 (Fall 2005)  - Applied Optics Syllabus Homework Assignments Animations and simulations Errata for Hecht's 4th edition
Physics 470 (Fall 2011)  - Modern Experimental Physics Syllabus Books on reserve
Physics 482 (Spring 2005)  - Science in Context (for science education majors)
Physics 577 (Spring 2006)  - independent study - Advanced Optics - homework and activities
ISAAPT - the Illinois section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) - I am serving as the IL section Newsletter editor, 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 2011 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)
For the curious, I am a Unit B faculty member, which requires no service activities. But that would be boring, wouldn't it? Also, I don't participate in the PAA system.
Talking points about the advanced lab.
Links to online resources and some physics journals of interest to physics students.
I currently serve as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Macomb Food Co-op (which has developed an online ordering system, see the website).
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)