Susan S. D'Amato has been instructing Furman students since 1983. Currently, she teaches a variety of courses, ranging from general physics to quantum mechanics. Her research interests include quantum theory, observational astronomy and science-humanities dialogue. D'Amato is a faculty associate for Furman's Center for Vocational Reflection, an organization that promotes thoughtful and open dialogue among individuals of differing disciplines and religious perspectives.

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Finding Your Life Purpose

A seminar designed to guide critical reflection on what it means to live a life of significance, one that seeks to make a difference in the world. Study of biblical, historical, literary and psychological models will facilitate a contextually rich and diverse interpretation of calling.


Physics for Non-Science Majors

A philosophic and conceptual examination of selected fundamental principles of physics. No prior knowledge of physics is assumed. Some historical and biographical material is included.


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.


Introduction to Modern Physics

Special theory of relativity, particle nature of electromagnetic radiation, waves and wave nature of matter, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, historical models of the atom, Schroedinger146s equation and its application to one-dimensional systems, quantum theory of the hydrogen atom, electron spin, many-electron atoms, and introduction to nuclear physics. Should be enrolled with MTH-160.


Quantum Mechanics I

Introduction to quantum formalism, the simple harmonic oscillator, angular momentum, the hydrogen atom, spin and indistinguishable particles, and applications. Recommended to be enrolled with MTH-255.


Quantum Mechanics II

Duality of matter and radiation, state functions, linear momentum, the Schroedinger equation, systems of particles, angular momentum and spin.


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Recognized by Furman's "Year of the Humanities" for her work studying the impact of modern physics on contemporary literature and theater (2005).

Susan S. D' Amato, "Resonance: Hearing the Christian Mystics Through Metaphors Drawn from Physics," Theology and Science 7 (2009) 47 - 65.

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