Physicists are explorers of the physical universe seeking to understand the fundamental behavior of nature from elementary particles to galaxies.

Physics, as a natural science, is a core component of a liberal education, and learning science requires the development and application of critical thinking skills to the natural and man-made world. The members of the physics department are devoted to learning and teaching about the ways in which the physical aspects of our existence can be understood and shaped by qualitative and quantitative reasoning within the framework of physics, the foundation of the natural sciences.

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The physics department provides an excellent liberal education experience for GVSU students with student tailored physics courses and programs, mentored research experiences with faculty, and outreach activities.

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Physics Program:

The Department of Physics offers a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) with a major in physics. Our robust program engages students in observation, experimentation, and theoretical study of the various phenomena of nature. The Physics Department offers:

# GVSU Physicists Profile

Bailey Groendyke (2017)

Music & Physics: Applications Engineer at Steelcase.

Chris Brooks (2001)

Development engineer at Aculight Corporation.

Dr. Lisa Genovese (2010)

Diagnostic Medical Physicist at Krueger - Gilbert Health Physics, Inc.

## Amy Mohr (2014)

User Experience/User Interaction Designer.

## Newton's Puzzle!

A little mass, "m," is a certain distance from the center of a globular cluster of masses and there is a certain force of gravity, due to the cluster of masses, on the little mass that pulls it toward the center of the cluster. Now consider the situation whereby neither the little mass nor the center of the cluster moves, but the cluster uniformly expands. As a result of this expansion some parts of the globular cluster are closer to "m" and some are farther from "m." After the expansion, the forces of gravity of the cluster on the little mass "m" will:

a. increase   b. decrease  c. remain unchanged

(Taken from "Thinking Physics" by L. C. Epstein, Insight Press)

# News

## SPS Observer Winter 2018 Magazine features Bailey Groendyke.

February 12, 2018

2017 Physics Graduate Bailey Groendyke featured in the SPS Observer Winter 2018 Magazine.

# GVSU Faculty Spotlights

## Dr. Douglas Furton

Professor of Physics. Research experience is in the areas of observational and laboratory astrophysics.

# Why should you be a physics major at GVSU?

• Dynamic group of Faculty: Our active, enthusiastic, caring, and dedicated faculty are engaged in excellent teaching, scholarly activities, and service. Faculty actively pursue cutting-edge academic research projects with the students. Research interests of our faculty include acoustics, astronomy and astrophysics, atomic physics, condensed matter physics, physics education, gravitation and cosmology, nuclear physics, biophysics, and medical physics.
• Excellent Facilities:  Smaller size upper division physics classes provide personal attention to each student from our outstanding faculty. We have NSF funded state-of-the-art computing cluster for computational work.
• Department Growth: Our department continues to grow and we expect this growth to continue. The number of physics majors also have grown in recent years. Many of our  physics graduates have found good paying jobs in both academia and industry. To learn more check out  our "GVSU Physicists Profile."
• Outreach:  Faculty  and students participate in a variety of physics outreach activities throughout the year to promote science education in Michigan and especially to create an interest in physics among middle and high school students .

We are always looking for interested and motivated students who are enthusiastic about physics and who want to pursue an undergraduate degree in physics. Explore our website for details.