Begun in 1985 by then-Gov. Lamar Alexander, Governor's Schools are programs designed specifically for gifted and talented high school students. Each school provides challenging and intensive learning experiences in specific disciplines.
“The Governor's School in Computational Physics will bring the best and brightest to APSU,” said Dr. Jaime Taylor, dean of the APSU College of Science and Mathematics. "This Governor's School will make the state's top students aware of the high quality of academics at Austin Peay, not just in our department, but as a whole.”
Although computational physics has been in use since the 1940s, it only recently has emerged as the third branch of physics, along with experimental and theoretical physics.
Computational physics combines physics, computer science and applied mathematics to provide scientific solutions to complex problems. Computational physics has been applied to almost all science and engineering fields, such as protein folding, aerodynamic design and testing, atmospheric science and material science.
According to Taylor, the use of computational physics will allow high school students to tackle realistic problems without requiring them to be fluent in advanced mathematics.
The curriculum for the Governor's School in Computational Physics at APSU will consist of two courses, with each participant earning a total of six hours of college-level credit.
The students will take several field trips to computational research centers, such as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's National Center for Computational Sciences and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.
The APSU Department of Physics and Astronomy has become recognized across the state and nation for recruiting, retaining and then placing physics students in prestigious fellowships, graduate assistantships and doctoral programs.
For more information about the Governor's School for Computational Physics, contact Dr. Alex King, chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy by telephone at (931) 221-6116. -- Dennie B. Burke