The main focus of my research is in the small but growing field of
physics education research. Research in this field probes the following:
what are student difficulties in understanding physics concepts, in
generating solutions to problems, in understanding what it means to learn
physics; what kinds of activities can be developed to help students overcome
theses difficulties; and how do we assess the effectiveness of the
curriculum. There are also those who are very interested in cognitive
theories of how we learn, and what are the basic pieces of our understanding
on which all else is built. For a listing of some useful and interesting physics education
research papers, visit this site develoed by Prof. Redish's Physics
Education Research Group at the University of Maryland.
My own work includes the following (please follow these links to find curricular materials):
Development of a course (in collaboration with Prof. Kelly Black in Mathematics) that fully melds the calculus and physics courses to give a richer context to the mathematics and a deeper understanding of the physics. Some of our calculus/physics materials are available on the web in pdf format.
Graduate students who are interested in Physics Education Research may be
intersted to know that more tenure-track positions in this field are opening
up every day. Typically across the country, a Ph.D. in Physics Education
Research requires the same courses and qualifying exams as any other Physics
Ph.D., with original research in Physics Education. If you are intersted in
doing Ph.D. research in this field, feel free to contact me for more information.
Also, you may be interested in Prof. Redish's list of Physics
Education Research group home pages.
Computational Physics, Fortran Edition
The book Computational Physics, Fortran Edition by Steve Koonin and myself once again in print as of Spring 2002. Thanks to technological improvements in the printing process, small quantities of books can now be printed at a reasonable cost. See our Computation Physics Web page for more information. The Basic and Fortran codes are available using http.
1991-present: Associate Professor of Physics, University of New Hampshire.
1987-1991: Assistant Professor of Physics, University of New Hampshire.