Mathematics/Physics Department

Dr. Kathleen Ebert, Chair
Phone: (607) 587-4270; Email: ebertkc@alfredstate.edu

The Mathematics/Physics department offers a variety of courses, including pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, statistics, calculus, differential equations, astronomy, physics, and physical science. Students are recommended for placement in mathematics on the basis of their high school preparation and their placement test score.

The department faculty serve as advisers for students majoring in the areas of mathematics and/or science and for those in the pre-environmental science and forestry programs. They also serve as advisers for undeclared majors.

Physics and physical science courses develop within the student an understanding of basic physical principles and an appreciation of the natural environment. Technical programs require a firm foundation in fundamental physics. To that end, courses also encourage and develop the student’s competence in the use of logical procedures in problem solving.

Math courses are taught to develop students’ abilities in logical reasoning, problem solving, and critical thinking, as well as to build algebraic reasoning and calculus skills.

FACILITIES

The physics laboratories are well equipped with apparatus to facilitate learning by direct experience and to provide students with an opportunity to 'discover' many principles on their own. The laboratory instructor is a member of the regular teaching staff and, in most cases, is the same instructor that the student has for the physics lecture session.

Facilities include a linear air track, lasers, air table, x-ray recorders, gamma spectrometers, oscilloscopes, precision electrical measuring devices, strobe lights, precision timers, and an 8-inch Cassegrain telescope, as well as a large collection of traditional physics apparatus, many of which are used directly by the students in their laboratory work. In addition, the Mathematics/Physics department has an extensive collection of audio-visual materials.

There is a computer facility adjacent to the physics laboratories, with 10 computer terminals available for student use. Students are encouraged to use the computer for both laboratory data analysis and wherever appropriate application can be made to their lecture course.

Math and physics tutorials are available to students on the campus computer network and several math courses are taught using innovative computer software.

DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS

Liberal Arts & Sciences: Math & Science (AA)

Pre-Environmental Science & Forestry (AA)

Undeclared Major

Individual Studies (AS)