Professor Beale’s research interests include: theoretical condensed matter physics, especially statistical mechanics, phase transitions and critical phenomena, exact solutions of model systems, Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations, and pseudorandom number generators. He also participates periodically in physics education research projects to expand interactive engagement teaching methods across our curriculum. He is currently developing cryptographic and non-cryptographic exponential cipher-based pseudorandom number generators for use in randomness beacons and large-scale parallel stochastic and Monte Carlo simulations.
PHYS 1115 - General Physics 1 for Majors
First semester of three semester sequence for physics, engineering physics and astronomy majors. 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 1110.
PHYS 1120 - General Physics 2
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 1125 - General Physics 2 for Majors
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
Three lect., one rec per week, plus three evening exams in the fall and spring semesters. Second semester of three semester introductory sequence for physics, engineering and astronomy majors. Covers electricity and magnetism, wave motion and optics. Normally is taken concurrently with PHYS 1140. Degree credit not granted for this course and PHYS 1120.
PHYS 7230 - Statistical Mechanics
Classical and quantum statistical theory, including study of both equilibrium and nonequilibrium systems. Topics covered include kinetic theory, degenerate gases, macrocanonical and grand canonical ensembles, and irreversible processes. Department enforced prerequisite: advanced undergraduate quantum mechanics course.