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


Physics 101 (Spring 2014) - Introduction to Astronomy   Syllabus   Class Notes   Sky and weather links   Writing assignment and movies 

The final exam will be on Tuesday, May 6 at 3 p.m. It will be comprehensive and cover Ch. 1 through 13. The final exam score will not be dropped, and it is worth 30% of your grade, so don't miss it!


Physics 125 (Spring 2014) - General Physics II   Syllabus   Homework assignments   Additional Resources   Nuclear lectures (PowerPoint)

Homework for Ch. 29 is optional but the answers are in the back of the book.  The final exam is on Monday, May 5 at 10 a.m.  The "final" is just exam 4 and will cover Ch. 27, 28, and 29.

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 (
Fall 2013)     [11]  -  Introduction to Astronomy   Syllabus   Class Notes   Sky and weather links   Writing assignment and movies 
Physics 124 (Fall 2013)     [11]  -
 General Physics I   Syllabus   Homework assignments   Wave simulations and other resources
Physics 125 (Spring 2013) [10]  -
 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 2012)       [5]  -  Advanced Electronics  
Syllabus   Homework assignments   Books on reserve   Errata for Diefenderfer's book 
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 2005)  [1]  -  Science in Context (for science education majors)
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 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.


Miscellaneous stuff:

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 now has 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)