Elena Kuchina

Course Description

Physics I & II


Physics I & II (4571): (2 weighted high school science credits)

Physics is the study of nature – it is a living discipline, not a collection of facts. It is the science of daily existence and is something you know a great deal about. You have direct experience with the nature of forces, how things respond to those forces, the conservation of mass, energy, momentum, and some aspects of gravity. The formal study of physics should guide and clarify your understanding to build a consistent basis of fundamentals that allow you to build models for describing the physical behavior of unfamiliar or complex systems. Physics is about reasoning, making connections, and understanding what will happen in a situation, and why it happens.




  • PhD, Physical and Mathematical Science, Power Engineering Institute
  • MS & PhD Physics, Old Dominion University
  • BS & MS/ME Physics, Kazakh State University

Synergetic Activities:

  • Leader of the Virginia Community College System Physics Peer Group
  • Communication Liaison of the Chesapeake Section American Association of Physics Teachers
  • Faculty Liaison in Virginia-North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
  • Co-organizer of the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics
  • Team Leader for VCCS Physics Curriculum review; Transfer, VA

Professional Background:

  • Theoretical Research at
  • Theory Group with Jefferson Lab
  • Paul Scherrer Institute
  • Power Engineering Institute
  • Nuclear Power Institute

Experimental Research: Hall A Jefferson Lab


  • New Horizons GSST
  • Old Dominion University
  • Christopher Newport Institute
  • Thomas Nelson Community College
  • Medical Career Institute