David A. Moffett is Furman's radio astronomer and manages the Timmons Planetarium. He teaches introductory physics courses, astronomy, mechanics, and thermodynamics, and he serves as the dual-degree advisor in engineering. In addition to teaching at Furman, Moffett collaborates with faculty from the University of North Carolina-Asheville and the staff at the Pisgah Astronomical Institute to develop a Dedicted Interferometer for Rapid Variability. The group's goal is to create a two-element interferometer from PARI's two 26-m antennae at S- and X-band to study the intraday variability of extragalactic radio sources.​

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Name Title Description

PHY-105

Descriptive Astronomy

Apparent motion of the Sun, Moon and planets; the birth of modern astronomy; properties of light and its detection; the Sun and the Solar System; the structure, properties and evolution of stars; galaxies and cosmology.

PHY-111

General Physics I

The basic concepts and laws of classical mechanics. Measurement and units, vectors, kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, work and energy, systems of particles, collisions, rotational kinematics, torque and angular momentum, rigid body statics and dynamics, simple harmonic motion, gravitation, and mechanics of solids and fluids.

PHY-112

General Physics II

The basic concepts and laws of classical electricity and magnetism. Electrostatic and magnetostatic forces and fields. Gauss' law, electric circuits, Amperee's law, Faraday's law, electric and magnetic properties of matter, time-varying fields, Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves, and geometrical optics.

PHY-311

Classical Mechanics I

Kinematics and dynamics of particles and systems of particles, oscillations, introduction to Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics, central force motion, motion in non-inertial reference frames, and dynamics of rigid bodies.

PHY-312

Classical Mechanics II

An advanced treatment of topics studied in PHY-311, plus gravitation, coupled oscillations, mechanics of continuous media, the one-dimensional wave equation, and relativistic kinematics and dynamics.

PHY-331

Thermodynamics

Laws of heat and thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, introduction to statistical mechanics.

Education
Ph.D.
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
M.S.
North Carolina State University
B.S.
North Carolina State University

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