Jeffery M. Thompson, MS

instructor, The john merck division of science and technology

Everett Mansion 305


  • 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
  • General Physics
  • General Physics II

academic Research/interests
Milky Way Galaxy Evolution
Computational N-Body Simulations

areas of expertise

Astronomy, Physics

Why I teach

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.

Favorite Books

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle - Vladimir Nabokov
Gravitation - Misner, Thorne, Wheeler

Favorite films

The City of Lost Children
Being There

Best part of being at SVC

The trees.


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: