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Gerry Ruch

Associate Professor
Degree
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Ph.D. - Astrophysics, August 2008
B.S. - Astrophysics, Computer Science, June 2002
Office
OWS 160E
Phone
(651) 962-5207
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5207
Fax
(651) 962-5209
Mail
Mail Stop OWS 153
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105-1080

I'm interested in exploring the boundary between computer science and the physical sciences.  In particular, how can astronomers and physicists take advantage of computer science techniques such as artificial intelligence, data mining, computer vision, and game theory.  My current research involves using artificial neural networks and principal component analysis to analyze spectra of proto-planetary disks, the likely sites of planetary formation.  These techniques help me to robustly analyze large amounts of data, discover interesting patterns in the data, and compare and contrast competing physical models.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHYS 111 - 01 Classical Physics I M - W - F - - 0815 - 1040 OWS 168
CRN: 40246 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Gerald T. Ruch This course and its continuation PHYS 112 serve as a two-semester introduction to classical physics. Applications are chosen that focus on engineering and the physical sciences. Topics include principles of classical mechanics: vectors, kinematics, particle and rigid body rotational dynamics and statics; conservation laws; and thermodynamics. The course meets three times a week for two consecutive periods consisting of integrated lecture, discussion and laboratory. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in MATH 109 or MATH 113. NOTE: Students who receive credit for PHYS 111 may not receive credit for PHYS 109.

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PHYS 111 - 04 Classical Physics I M - W - F - - 1215 - 1440 FDC 317
CRN: 41342 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Gerald T. Ruch This course and its continuation PHYS 112 serve as a two-semester introduction to classical physics. Applications are chosen that focus on engineering and the physical sciences. Topics include principles of classical mechanics: vectors, kinematics, particle and rigid body rotational dynamics and statics; conservation laws; and thermodynamics. The course meets three times a week for two consecutive periods consisting of integrated lecture, discussion and laboratory. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in MATH 109 or MATH 113. NOTE: Students who receive credit for PHYS 111 may not receive credit for PHYS 109.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHYS 398 - 01 Topics: Methods of Comp. Phys - T - R - - - 1330 - 1700 OWS 169
CRN: 21998 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Gerald T. Ruch The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

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