William H. Brantley has had an impressive career teaching thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, introductory classes, and physics for non-majors, including a unique, interdisciplinary course of his own creation. Brantley became a member of Furman's faculty in 1966 and served as the department's chair from 1967 to 1979. He is a founding member on the executive board of the University Radioactive Ion Beam Consortium, a nuclear physics research consortium based at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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Energy: Man Creation Calories

The concept of energy treated from the broadest possible perspective. Emphasis on the four laws of thermodynamics and the four black-hole analogs. With this foundation the various thermodynamic aspects of energy are treated as they relate to a variety of areas, including the impact of energy on environmental aspects of human life.


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.



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


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.


  • Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society's George B. Pegram Award, 2005.
  • Alester G. Furman Jr. Award for meritorious teaching, 2012


  • American Physical Society
  • Eastern Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers
  • Sigma Pi Sigma: Physics Honor Society
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Society of the Sigma X
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