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Bolton, Daniel Ryan Instructor

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  • Dr. Bolton is interested in addressing fundamental hadronic physics questions using both chiral perturbation theory and lattice quantum chromodynamics. He has performed an extraction of the up-down quark mass difference, made predictions for yet-to-be-discovered exotic baryon masses, and studied pion-pion scattering from first principles.

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  • nuclear physics, lattice quantum chromodynamics, chiral perturbation theory, physics education

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  • PHYS 1110 - General Physics 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
    Three lect., one rec. per week, plus three evening exams in the fall and spring semesters. First semester of three-semester sequence for science and engineering students. Covers kinematics, dynamics, momentum of particles and rigid bodies, work and energy, gravitation, simple harmonic motion and introduction to thermodynamics. Degree credit not granted for this course and PHYS 1115.
  • PHYS 1120 - General Physics 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Three lect., one rec. per week, plus three evening exams in the fall and spring semesters. Second semester of three-semester introductory sequence for science and engineering students. Covers electricity and magnetism, wave motion and optics. Normally is taken concurrently with PHYS 1140. Degree credit not granted for this course and PHYS 1125.
  • PHYS 2010 - General Physics 1
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Summer 2019
    Includes three lectures, one two-hour laboratory/recitation per week, plus three evening exams in the fall and spring semesters. Covers mechanics, heat and sound. Thorough presentation of fundamental facts and principles of physics using algebra and trigonometry. Designed for life science majors, including premed students. Natural science majors with a knowledge of calculus and others taking calculus are urged to take the calculus-based courses PHYS 1110, PHYS 1120, PHYS 1140 and PHYS 2130, rather than PHYS 2010 and PHYS 2020. Department enforced prerequisites: ability to use high school algebra and trigonometry.
  • PHYS 3220 - Quantum Mechanics 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Introduces quantum mechanics with wave, operator and matrix computational techniques. Investigates solutions for harmonic oscillator, potential well and systems with angular momentum. Develops a quantitative description of one-electron atoms in lowest order.
  • PHYS 3221 - Tutorial Practicum for Quantum Mechanics 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Uses interactive group work to aid student learning in corequisite course PHYS 3220. In this tutorial, students will work in small groups to practice how to solve challenging problems and their underlying conceptual basis, as well as using hands-on activities, demonstrations, and other techniques to help learn content.

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