Dr. Joseph Howard

Associate Professor of Physics

Department of Physics
Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology
Salisbury University

Spring 2012 Office Hours
. MWF 10:00-10:50a.m. . TR 11:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. .

Contact Information


Academic Office: Henson Science Hall 305C
Office Telephone: (410)548-5393
eMail: jwhoward@salisbury.edu
SU Physics Department: (410) 548-2083
Henson School of Science: (410) 543-6425

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Course Pages

phys101aPhysics/Chemistry 101 The purpose of this course is to introduce students to fundamental concepts of physical sciences. The course will empahsize practical applications, especially those that intergrate all of the natural sciences. The material we will be covering is fascinating and applicable. Its implications can be observed in almost everything you interact with every day. Plus, it may be hard to believe, the material is fun too! No, really...I'll convince you it is!

saturnb2Physics (Astronomy) 108 Look up. What's up there in the sky? Wonderous jewels - stars and planets. Ethereal paintings - planetary nebulae and supernova remnants. Glowing tapestries - galaxies and superclusters. Promising frontiers - planets like mars and the moon. Exciting speculations - Europa's water and blackholes. Massive explosions - supernovae and quasars. Make a wish and lets tour the universe.

phy121bPhysics 121 strives to answer the simple questions that we all wonder about. How does something move? What tools do we use to describe motion? Why do objects move? In what ways can an object move and how do we observe it? Through careful observation people have observed reoccurring relationships in nature, and because of this have made predictions that help give dependable ways to harness nature's design.

phy123bPhysics 123 explores the fascinating side of nature's design. What is charge? Does anyone really know? We use flowing charge everyday! -Electricity. What makes electric devices work? Intertwined within is the mysterious Magnetism - why is this property so intriguing? Even more exciting is to see how both result in light - electromagnetic waves!

phy221Physics 221 is the first semester of a two-semester calculus based introductory physics course designed for physics and engineering majors. Yikes! That sounds awful, but it is not! Physics is a fascinating exploration of the "whys," "what's," and "how comes?" in the universe. The first semester covers motion, forces, mechanics, and waves (and lots more).

p223aPhysics 223 is the second semester of a two-semester calculus based introductory physics course designed for physics and engineering majors. The course studies the phenomena of waves, electricity and magnetism, electromagnetic waves, interference, circuits, optics, sound, and much more. The second semester moves a bit faster than the first semester of physics 221, but I am here to help you continue your exploration in the science behind physics. This is a new area, so watch out for broken pages.

Phy317Physics 317 Ever wonder how the universe *may* have come into existence? Ever wonder how a star, like the sun, lives, ages, and dies? Ever dream about being the first person to set foot on Mars? Are you constantly wondering how Jupiter can be so large? Do you catch yourself noticing that stars have different colors? Do you need to know how galaxies are shaped, change, and group? If you don't at the beginning of this course, you will be a person like this by the end....BUT...you will have some possible answers to these questions as well being left with a craving to explore the cosmos.

Institutions Attended

1990 - B.S., James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
1993 - M.S.,
University of Oklahoma, Norman OK.
1998 - Ph.D.,
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

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