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Physics

Program Objective

A student graduating from Ouachita with a major in Physics will have been exposed to a wide range of principles from classical and modern physics. These principles are presented with the express purpose of preparing students for further study in graduate school or for immediate application within a chosen profession. The goals of the OBU Physics department are to produce graduates that not only appreciate the beauty and power of physics to describe the universe in which we live, but also possess an understanding of the following:

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Goal #1:  Context/Scope

To help students understand the role of Physics in science and society and to see the connections between science, current events and physical phenomena.

Student Learning Objectives Students graduating with a major in Physics will

  • Be able to apply knowledge from one or more areas of Physics to make appropriate intellectual connections or solve problems in another area of Physics
  • Be able to read, present and/or discuss information found in current research or scientific journals
  • Be familiar with important historical experiments and what they revealed about our understanding of the universe

Goal #2:  Knowledge

To give students the information and instincts needed to apply principles to new and unfamiliar problems.

Student Learning Objectives Students graduating with a major in Physics will have

  • A working knowledge of fundamental concepts in the basic areas of physics (Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Electricity & Magnetism, and Thermodynamics)
  • An understanding of the physical principles required to analyze a physical question or topic
  • An understanding of the importance of basic physical laws and their limitations

Goal #3:  Problem-Solving

To give students the skills needed to apply Physics principles to new and unfamiliar problems.

Student Learning Objectives Students graduating with a major in Physics will be able to

  • Solve problems competently and confidently
  • An understanding of the physical principles required to analyze a physical question or topic
  • Analyze problems to determine what is being asked and develop the best approach to provide a solution

Goal #4:  Research

To give students the skills needed to work with modern electronic equipment to acquire data and the ability to analyze the results obtained.

Student Learning Objectives Students graduating with a major in Physics will have

  • An understanding of how to use computers in data acquisition and processing
  • An understanding of how to use available software as a tool in data analysis
  • An understanding of how electronic experimentation works
  • An understanding of how to perform modern literary searches to locate and retrieve scientific information

Goal #5:  Communication

To develop student’s ability to communicate correct physical content and reasoning in both written and oral form.

Student Learning Objectives Students graduating with a major in Physics will be able to

  • Present physical concepts, sound mathematical reasoning and the results of laboratory experiments through effective writing skills
  • Present physical concepts, sound mathematical reasoning and the results of laboratory experiments through effective oral presentations
  • Collaborate with peers to solve physics problems or laboratory experiments

Goal #6:  Life After OBU

To equip students with the skills and confidence to be life long learners.

Student Learning Objectives Students graduating with a major in Physics will be able to

  • Successfully pursue career objectives in graduate school or in a professional trade
  • Think creatively about scientific problems and their solutions
  • Constructively question results presented by the scientific community and engage in a reasonable debate on the facts of the issue