Deparetment of Physics
Faculty of Natural and Computational Science
Department of Physics
Background of the Department
Physics truly is one of the most exciting and interesting subjects one can study. In physics, one attempts to discover, formulate, explain, and apply the basic laws of nature. Principles of physics provide the foundation for other sciences as well as engineering. Some of the examples of modern technological development from the application of physical principles include the pioneering work on semi conductors in the 1940s led to the development of computers, transistor radios and a communication network that is bringing the peoples of the world ever closer together, the laser, invented in the 1960s, has been used in such varied applications as eye surgery and radar, and even in computerized cash registers.
Discoveries from physics have revolutionized the world and will certainly continue to do so. The area of physics cover such intriguing topics as lasers, superconductors, black holes, quantum mechanics, big bang theory, relativity, and the list goes on and on. It also covers more basic but still fascinating topics such as why the sky is blue, why sunsets are red, and why ice floats. Physics is sometimes referred to as the "liberal arts" degree of technology because physics majors can go on to careers in computer science, engineering, research and development, and biology. Others have referred to it as the "Swiss Army Knife" degree because of all the skills you acquire from a major in physics.
Physics majors have a reputation for solid mathematical skills, strong problem solving ability, and good work ethics. It is this fundamental skill that allows them to work successfully in so many different areas.
In short, a major in physics is a way to keep once options open and help him to understand the world around him. So there is some truth in the statement that "physics has to do with everything."
The Physics Department of Mettu University has been launched in 2004 E.C under Faculty of Natural and Computational Science and running nearly for 4 years and the 1st batch of the department was graduated in 2013/14 G.C. It has been striving to supply trained man power in physics and physics related areas. The courses offered in the B.Sc program have been limited to core courses in physics.
A student majoring physics should nurture strong analytical and experimental skills as well as mathematical abilities such as mathematical modeling. Students should also be given opportunities to work with mechanical, optical and electronic equipment, to design projects and synthesize and summarize data that compliment theoretical and experimental skills to enhance career opportunity. The training in physics, complemented by test area courses as well as the interdisciplinary approach will help students to develop a broad array of skills that might be applied to a number of careers. In light of the above mentioned needs of the society and the learners, as well as the versatility, knowledge and skills that are intended to impart, the essentiality of diversifying, updating and expanding the elective courses offered in the B.Sc program has become apparent. This change is an attempt to address the issues raised above and it is hoped that this will be the first step to open up further expansion of the program.
Facilities and Services
The department is trying to avail the following facilities for the undergraduate program to deliver all its activity:
•General Physics Laboratories (under construction)
•Electronics Laboratory (under construction)
•Advanced Physics Lab such as nuclear physics lab (will organized in the future)
•Computational Facilities lab well organized currently
•The department has 9 MSc instructors
The physics staffs are committed to provide a learning environment that advances creative and critical thinking, a solid technical foundation, competence and aptitude in understanding and describing nature. The department is giving service on teaching, research and community services.
The department has a link with Ethiopian Radiation Protection Authority and Ethiopian Space Science Society.