Physics has developed and grown through history as a result of the intricate but essential interplay of theory and experiment. Physics at Knox emphasizes this theme as you take courses involving both theory and laboratory that become progressively more sophisticated and of increasing complexity and challenge.
At the same time, there is a focus on the development of skills -- techniques of experimental design, instrumentation, data analysis and evaluation of experimental results; skill in the application of mathematics and the computer to the solution of problems; and, perhaps most important, the development of the ability to use and apply general principles to the analysis of specific problems.
Introductory physics is a three-term sequence covering mechanics; heat, waves, and light; and electricity and magnetism. Additional 100-level courses consider topics such as astronomy, physics of sports, and the physics of music. Advanced courses include classical dynamics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism and quantum physics.
Students intending to enter graduate programs in physics may elect to participate in up to three Senior Seminars -- a year-long series of discussion-style classes that cover the more advanced topics in the field -- analytical mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics.
Equipment located in the Adeline Cummings Longden Physics Wing includes:
Knox's Team X-Ray places second among 15 liberal arts colleges that competed in an intense regional contest involving programming teams from colleges and universities in five states.
History Professor Danielle Fatkin shares artifacts from her archaeological dig in Jordan and provides a lab environment for students to develop skills in analyzing ancient pottery.
Campus event is affiliated with the national Bioneers movement, which focuses on exploring solutions for the world's most pressing environmental and social challenges.