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Volume 18, Issue 27 (May 14, 2012)
Events happening this week in the physics and astronomy department.
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May 15 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC Class or '51 Dining Room
Join physics students, faculty and staff for lunch at the LDC. Meet us on 3rd Olin at 11:50 for the short walk over or meet us there.
Information that may be of interest to physics and astronomy faculty, staff, and students.
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Astro 113 night lab - the funnest course at Carleton (says Joel). Consider signing up for it for fall term. Anyone reading this has adequate prerequisites. Contact Joel with questions.
Next fall, Bill Titus will be offering Physics 234, Computer Simulation in Complex Physical Systems. This course only requires one 5-week, introductory physics course (131, 132, 141, or 142), and the subject material is applicable to all the sciences, mathematics, and computer science. In particular, the course will focus on the development of techniques to study complex physical systems from a computational/probabilistic standpoint using Mathematica. Some potential topics include random walks, percolation clusters, avalanches, traffic flow, the spread of forest fires and diseases, and the inverse problem in geophysical gravity studies. The latter topic will involve a brief introduction to Bayesian statistics. No Mathematica skills are assumed. The course will be taught on the Tuesdays/Thursday schedule and the class sessions will be a mixture of discussion, lecture, and computer laboratory work. If you have any questions about the course, feel free to contact Bill.
The Picnic is set for Friday, May 25. Please RSVP here https://apps.carleton.edu/curricular/physics/events/picnic_rsvp/ so we know how much food to purchase. Students who are on board will have one meal deducted from their meal plan to help defray the cost of the picnic.