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Jeffery M. Thompson, MS

Instructor, The John Merck Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics


  • MS, Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • MS, Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • BS, Physics, Shippensburg University
  • AA, Mathematics, Harrisburg Area Community College


  • Quest for Success: First-Year Experience
  • Introductory Algebra
  • College Algebra
  • General Physics
  • General Physics II
  • Life in the Universe
  • Astrobiology
  • Physical World

Academic Research/Interests

Milky Way Galaxy Evolution
Computational N-Body Simulations

Areas of Expertise

Astronomy, Physics

I love the Universe. Our ability to comprehend just a fraction of it, through our limited tools is amazing, awe inspiring and frustrating. We know so much and yet so little, and sharing that with others is one of the best ways I know to learn more. Everytime I reflect on a subject I learn more about it and in dialogue with students; I am pushed to understand more. That eternal quest that is learning is to me a great joy and teaching makes me happy, and I try to share that as much as I can.
  • Highlights

    Julie Dumas, Heidi J. Newberg, Bethany Niedzielski, Adam Susser, Jeffery M. Thompson, Jake Weiss, Kim M. Lewis, 2015, Astrophysical Journal (accepted for publication September 2015); "Testing the Dark Matter Caustic Ring Theory Against Observations in the Milky Way"

    The arxiv version of the paper is here.

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