For millennia, humanity has sought to understand and explain the phenomena we observe in the world around us, from the motions of stars and galaxies to the interactions of the tiniest particles. The study of physics is the search for the most simple and fundamental laws that explain those diverse and complex phenomena. Those physical laws often go beyond explaining observed phenomena to addressing some of the most fundamental human questions about the nature of reality, all while enabling countless new technologies that continue to revolutionize the human experience, including computers, transportation, telecommunication, medical imaging, and GPS. In physics courses at Manhattanville, you will learn not only the fundamental laws of physics, but also the habits of mind and practices of scientific inquiry that continue to deepen our understanding of our universe. Simultaneously, you will learn the critical thinking and technical problem solving skills that will make you highly employable in a variety of fields including science, engineering, medicine, economics, finance, business, law.
As a physics major you will take core courses and pursue research projects of your choosing with small numbers of students in a close-knit learning community. The emphasis is on developing foundational physics understanding and literacy and applying it to creative and inquiry-based projects in a collaborative environment. Every physics major has the opportunity to pursue their project with the guidance of a full-time physics professor. Here are some examples of recent and current projects in physics undertaken by students.
Jesse Cristofaro (Class of '17) • Evaluation of designs for crewed round-trip missions to Mars.
Niveen Isa (Class of '17) • Effect of static magnetic fields on growth of sunflower seedlings.
Panashe Fundira (Class of '17) • Bayesian reasoning applied to the unification of fundamental forces.
Heather Krannich (Class of '18) • Philosophical and physical explanations of life's existence in the universe.
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