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 paper for the first movie was due on Tuesday, March 18.  If you didn't do the paper for the first movie, you need to watch the second movie on April 10 and turn in a paper on April 17. If you wrote a paper for the first movie, you do not need to write another paper (and I will not accept another paper for any kind of extra credit), but you should still watch the movie because it is relevant for our study of stars.


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

Homework is due Fri. April 11, this week!

Exam # 3 is on MONDAY, April 14 and it covers Ch. 22, 23, and 24

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)