Department of Physics at Grove City College Related Resources

Recommended resources by the Department of Physics faculty at Grove City College include:

Physics Websites


Society of Physics Students (SPS)

The Society of Physics Students is a national professional association for students interested in physics. It's stated purpose is "to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community."

American Physical Society

APS publishes great journals, and hosts many good physics conferences each year.

Particle Adventure

Cool website describing the standard model in a straight forward way.

MIT online courses: Free online courses from MIT, sometimes with video lectures

Recommended Readings (Career Choices)


Discovering Your Natural Talents - John Bradley (Available in the Buhl library)

What Color is Your Parachute? - Richard N. Bolles (Available in the Buhl library)

Physics Software (Freeware/Opensource)
Software for Writing Papers:

Paint.NET: More sophisticated version of paint, good for making diagrams 

GNUPlot: Great plotting program

GNUPlot Resource: Good examples/documentation for GNUPlot

LyX: LaTex document processor (easier to use than LaTex)

JabRef: Program for managing BibTex references in LyX or LaTex (very helpful)

ExpressPCB and Express SCH: Free software for making schematics and printed circuit boards

Computation Software:

Cywin: Unix environment for Windows

Crimson Editor: C++ code editor

Autodock: Protein docking software

Tinker: Molecular mechanics software

Sundials: Suite of Nonlinear and Differential/Algebraic equation Solvers

Octave: open source program compatible with MatLab


Audacity: Sound recording/editing software

Spekwin32: Spectra viewing software (can view most standard spectra formats)

Double Cad software: Free version of 2D Cad program that is relatively easy to use

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Minor in Physics

​Students gain a foundational knowledge of the process of scientific investigation, including modern computational and laboratory methods.

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Facilities and Equipment

​Physics faculty and students at Grove City College use cutting-edge equipment inside and outside of the classroom and lab to conduct research and publish their findings in leading science journals.

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After Graduation

​Upon graduation, students are prepared for graduate work in physics, teaching at the secondary level, medical, dental, business or law school, technical sales and more.


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Minor in Astronomy

​The minor includes coursework in stars, galaxies, cosmology, astrophysics and observational astronomy.

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Physics Major Leading to 7-12 Certification

Students majoring in physics leading to 7-12 certification in physics secondary education take 116 credit hours of major coursework and are exposed to real-life teaching situations during field experiences​.​

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