Juan Burciaga

Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics

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Contact Information

Physics And Astronomy

Searles Science Building - 304

Teaching this semester

PHYS 1130. Introductory Physics I

An introduction to the conservation laws, forces, and interactions that govern the dynamics of particles and systems. Shows how a small set of fundamental principles and interactions allow us to model a wide variety of physical situations, using both classical and modern concepts. A prime goal of the course is to have the participants learn to actively connect the concepts with the modeling process. Three hours of laboratory work per week. To ensure proper placement, students are expected to have taken the physics placement examination prior to registering for Physics 1130.

PHYS 1510. Introductory Astronomy

A quantitative introduction to astronomy with emphasis on stars and the structures they form, from binaries to galaxies. Topics include the night sky, the solar system, stellar structure and evolution, white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes, and the expansion of the universe. Several nighttime observing sessions required. Does not satisfy pre-med or other science departmentsí requirements for a second course in physics. Not open to students who have credit for Physics 1560.

Personal Page: www.bowdoin.edu/~jburciag


  • B.S., Physics, The University of Texas at Arlington (1975)
  • M.A., Physics, The University of Texas at Arlington (1977)
  • Ph.D., Physics, Texas A&M University (1986)

Thesis & Dissertation

  • M.A. Thesis: Positron-Gas Scattering Utilizing A Time-Of-Flight Technique (1977)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation: Non-Adiabatic Perturbations in the Spectra of Molecular Hydrogen (1986)

Publications and Talks

The Application of Play Theory to Pedagogical Design, Juan R. Burciaga, APS Forum on Education Summer 2010 Newsletter