Brian Martinelli

Physical Sciences Lecturer

M.S. Physics, California State University, Northridge
B.S. Physics, California State University, Northridge

Location: NSE Building, Office 111
Phone: (702) 992-2653

A product of the Mojave desert of Southern California, Brian Martinelli attended California State University, Northridge where he earned both his B.S. and M.S. in physics. During this time, Brian spent three years working in the Optical Properties of Materials Laboratory developing a novel interferometer to measure the sub-nanometer thickness and surface profile of thin films. Brian began teaching physics at NSC as a part-time instructor in 2007. Since then he has taught a variety of courses in astronomy, math, chemistry, and physics. Brian also developed CHEM 112, the required chemistry course for pre-nursing students. He is the course coordinator for general chemistry (CHEM 121 and 122) and is writing lab manuals for both courses. In addition to teaching, Brian has branched out from the physical sciences and has been taking biology courses at NSC. Away from NSC, Brian enjoys golfing, playing tennis, curling (the sport on ice), brewing beer, and playing music (bass and guitar).

courses taught
  • AST 103 Introduction to Astronomy: The Solar System
  • AST 104 Introduction to Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies
  • AST 105 Introduction to Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies Lab
  • MATH 095 Elementary Algebra
  • MATH 181 Calculus I
  • CHEM 112 Introduction to Chemistry
  • CHEM 121 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 122 General Chemistry II
  • PHYS 151 General Physics I
  • PHYS 152 General Physics II