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Gordon D. Cates

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Physics
Office location and address
106A JBL
382 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., 1987, Yale
Medium, Energy Spin Physics with Lasers
Source: U.S. Department Of Energy - Chicago
March 09, 2001 – March 31, 2019
PHYS 1060: How Things Work
Credits: 3
For non-science majors. Introduces physics and science in everyday life, considering objects from our daily environment and focusing on their principles of operation, histories, and relationships to one another. 1050 is concerned primarily with mechanical and thermal objects, while 1060 emphasizes objects involving electromagnetism, light, special materials, and nuclear energy. They may be taken in either order.
PHYS 1110: Energy on this World and Elsewhere
Credits: 3
The subject of energy will be considered from the perspective of a physicist. Students will learn to use quantitative reasoning and the recognition of simple physics restraints to examine issues related to energy that are of relevance to society and the future evolution of our civilization. Prerequisite: Physics and math at high school level.
PHYS 3430: Electricity and Magnetism II
Credits: 3
Includes Maxwell's equations; electromagnetic waves and their interaction with matter; interference, diffraction, polarization; waveguides; and antennas. Prerequisite: PHYS 3420.
PHYS 3995: Research
Credits: 3
A research project on a topic in physics carried out under the supervision of a faculty member culminating in a written report. May be taken more than once. (S-SS) Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PHYS 5000: Physics Colloquium
Credits: 2
First and second year students enrolled in the Physics PhD program are required to take Physics Colloquium in their first and second years of study.
PHYS 8710: Nuclear Physics I
Credits: 3
Discusses nuclear theory and experiment from the modern perspectives of the fundamental theory of the strong interaction: Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD).
PHYS 8999: Master Thesis Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
PHYS 9998: Pre-Qual Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For students who have not passed the Qualifying exam for doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
PHYS 9999: PhD Thesis Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.