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Get a feel for the exciting variety of courses taught at Marlboro.

This is a list of courses that faculty felt was representational of the courses offered. It is not a complete list of courses, some courses are offered yearly, while others are infrequent. A course may be inspired by events or strong interests and taught only once.

Most advanced work is in the form of tutorials on specific subjects, a collaboration between one faculty member and one student or a handful of students.


(4.00 Credits — Advanced)

Fall 2019

A general survey of modern astrophysics, including the current state of research. Topics may include: structure, evolution, and death of stars; structure of galaxies; interstellar medium; cosmology. The primary text will be Carroll & Ostlie, "An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics", which will be supplemented by journal articles, as appropriate. Modern research methods and tools for data analysis may also be introduced.

(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2011

A combination lab/theory course covering DC, AC, and digital circuits as well as geometrical and wave optics. Specific topics will depend on individual student interests. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Classical Mechanics
(4.00 Credits — Advanced)

Fall 2017

During this class we will analyze the mechanics of particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies. We will focus on topics like oscillations, some methods in the calculus of variations, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics. We will introduce the mathematical formalism needed for the quantum theory of physics. 

  • General Physics I, Calculus I and II and III, or approval from the teacher

Electricity & Magnetism
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Fall 2017

An introduction to the physics of electric and magnetic phenomena. Topics include electrostatic forces, electric and magnetic fields, induction, Maxwell's equations, and some DC circuits.

  • General Physics I and Calculus I and Calculus II or permission of the instructor

(3.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2019

An introduction to the physical principles behind energy, energy uses and their effect on the environment, suitable for science students and non-science students. Some of the included topics are: mechanical energy, conservation of energy, heat and work, production of energy (e.g Solar, Hydro, Wind and Nuclear).

  • High school algebra

General Physics I
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2019

An introductory physics class involving some laboratory work, suitable for students considering a Plan in physics, science students, or non-science students who want a physics foundation. Topics include vector algebra, kinematics, dynamics of single and many-particle systems, gravitation, energy, momentum, conservation laws, circular and rigid body motion.

  • Mathematical proficiency up through, but not necessarily including, calculus

General Physics II
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2018

Second semester of the introductory physics class, suitable for students considering a plan in physics, science students or non-science students who want a physics foundation. Topics include fluids, thermodynamics, oscillations, waves and optics.

Introduction to Experimental Physics
(2.00 Credits — Introductory)

Fall 2015

A laboratory course intended to give an introduction to experimental methods in physics. Topics include mechanics and thermodynamics. You will acquire familiarity with a variety of laboratory instruments, techniques and statistical tools. You will also learn how to record and present your observations and results. This class will help you to further develop experimental common sense and "physical intuition". Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in General Physics I or permission of the instructor

Modern Physics
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2017

An introduction to the major topics in modern physics, including wave-particle duality, the Schrodinger equation and its application to the structure of atoms and molecules and other topics.

  • NSC427 Electricity & Magnetism

Special Relativity
(2.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2015

An introduction to Einstein's special relativity, investigating how this theory has changed our comprehension of space and time.  Special relativity can be understood without advanced mathematics, and this makes this course suitable both for science students and non-science students willing to know more about one of the theories that drastically changed our understanding of physics during the 20th century. Prerequisite: Proficiency in high school algebra

For Physics offerings, also see:

Calculus II
Gadgets: An Electronics & Microcontroller Lab
Group Tutorial: Calculus III
Writing Math


(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)