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Mark O. Battle

Associate Professor of Physics

Contact Information

Physics and Astronomy

Searles Science Building - 304

Teaching this semester

PHYS 2150. Statistical Physics

Develops a framework capable of predicting the properties of systems with many particles. This framework, combined with simple atomic and molecular models, leads to an understanding of such concepts as entropy, temperature, and chemical potential. Some probability theory is developed as a mathematical tool.

PHYS 3010. Methods of Experimental Physics

Intended to provide advanced students with experience in the design, execution, and analysis of laboratory experiments. Projects in optical holography, nuclear physics, cryogenics, and materials physics are developed by the students.

Teaching next semester

EOS 3050/ENVS 3957/PHYS 3810. The Physics of Climate

A rigorous treatment of the earth’s climate, based on physical principles. Topics include climate feedbacks, sensitivity to perturbations, and the connections between climate and radiative transfer, atmospheric composition, and large-scale circulation of the oceans and atmospheres. Anthropogenic climate change also studied.

PHYS 2130. Electric Fields and Circuits

The basic phenomena of the electromagnetic interaction are introduced. The basic relations are then specialized for a more detailed study of linear circuit theory. Laboratory work stresses the fundamentals of electronic instrumentation and measurement with basic circuit components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, and transistors. Three hours of laboratory work per week.

Mark Battle - Bowdoin College


  • PhD, University of Rochester, 1994.
  • MA, University of Rochester, 1990.
  • BS, Tufts University, 1988.
  • BM, New England Conservatory of Music, 1988.

Atmospheric composition and climate change

Faculty Appointments

Bowdoin College, Assistant Professor, 2000-present.
University of Pennsylvania, Visiting Lecturer, 1999.

Research Appointments

Research Scientist, Dept. of Geosciences, Princeton University, 1997-99.
Assistant Marine Research Scientist, University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography, 1994-97.

Further Information

For more detailed information about me (with a little more personality in evidence), see my personal web page.