Physics faculty

Frank W. Bentrem, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physics

Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
M.S., University of Southern Mississippi
B.S., Bob Jones University

712-707-7072
frank.bentrem@nwciowa.edu

Profile

Dr. Bentrem joined Northwestern's faculty after spending 10 years as a research physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory, where he developed data inversion techniques to characterize the seafloor from the scattering of sound at the ocean bottom. He served as the principle investigator in the design, implementation and validation of the acoustic seafloor-sediment classification system trademarked as SediMap. He also holds a patent pending for "Computationally Efficient Method for Image Segmentation with Intensity and Texture Discrimination." Dr. Bentrem also was a visiting research professor of physics at Tulane University during a sabbatical, and taught physics lecture and laboratory courses at the University of Southern Mississippi.


Courses

  • Classical Physics I

    Classical Physics I

    (4 credits) (IGE option under Science and the Natural World) For students in mathematics, the physical sciences, and those students seeking candidacy to a medical school or other graduate program. Topics will include kinematics, Newtonian mechanics, energy, momentum, and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: C- or higher in MAT112, or consent of department chair. (MAT112 may be taken concurrently with PHY211).
  • Classical Physics II

    Classical Physics II

    (4 credits) A continuation of Classical Physics I. Topics will include simple harmonic oscillation, mechanical and electromagnetic waves, and electromagnetism. Prerequisite: successful completion of PHY211 with a grade of C- or better.
  • Electronics and Instrumentation

    Electronics and Instrumentation

    (3 credits, alternate years, consult department) For students seeking a minor in physics. Topics will include analog and digital electronics components, basic analog and digital theory of circuit operation, and interfacing recording instruments to experimental apparatus. Prerequisite: PHY212 or permission of department chair.
  • Classical Dynamics

    Classical Dynamics

    The study of how things move. Topics will include kinematics of particles and systems of particles, Newton's laws of motion, momentum and energy, oscillations/vibrations, Lagrangian mechanics, central forces, non-inertial frames, rigid bodies, and coupled oscillators. Prerequisites: PHY212 and MAT212. (MAT212 may be taken concurrently with PHY270). (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
  • Modern Physics

    Modern Physics

    (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) For students seeking a minor in physics or those interested in obtaining a physics teaching endorsement. Topics will include special relativity, quantized energy and momentum, Schrodinger's Equation, nuclear and particle physics, and cosmology. Prerequisites: successful completion of PHY212 with a grade of C- or higher, or permission of instructor.
  • General Physics I

    General Physics I

    (4 credits) (IGE option under Science and the Natural World) For students in mathematics, the physical sciences, and those students seeking candidacy to a medical school or other graduate program. Topics will include kinematics, Newtonian mechanics, energy, momentum and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: C- or higher in MAT109, or ACT math score of 24 or better (SAT 550 or above), or consent of department chair.
  • General Physics II

    General Physics II

    (4 credits) A continuation of General Physics I. Topics will include simple harmonic oscillation, mechanical and electromagnetic waves, electromagnetism and modern physics. Prerequisite: successful completion of PHY111 with a grade of C- or better, or consent of department chair.

Publications and presentations


Professional experience

  • Visiting Research Professor of Physics, Tulane University
  • Research Physicist, Naval Research Laboratory
  • Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Southern Mississippi

Memberships

  • American Physical Society
  • Sigma Pi Sigma
  • American Association of Physics Teachers

Honors

  • Naval Research Laboratory's Advanced Graduate Research (Sabbatical) Program, 2008-09
  • Naval Research Laboratory Merit/Contribution Awards (8), 2000-08
  • Technology Transfer Award, 2007
  • Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 2002-present
  • NASA Space Grant Fellowship, 1997