Physics instruction at Cal Poly is conducted in a variety of formats by skilled professionals who focus on building an inclusive and welcoming learning community so that all students achieve proficiency. Learn by Doing is a guiding principle that permeates the physics curriculum. A major emphasis on laboratory investigations, especially at the upper division, complements students' theoretical and computational grounding. At the lower division level, several sections of courses are taught in a studio environment using materials developed on the basis of research on the learning and teaching of physics.

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Senior Projects from 2015

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Evidence of Attenuation of VHE Blazar Spectra by Extragalactic Background Light, Cameron Allen

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A Lego® Brewster Angle Microscope for Quantitative Monolayer Film Analysis, Nicholas Benz

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Critical point pairs for smectic-A* - smectic-C* phase transitions., Ted Cassirer

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An Extremum Principle for Charged Black Holes, Shaker Von Price Funkhouser

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Electromagnetic Calorimeter Calibration: Getting Rid of the Trash, Jacob P. Gamble

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Determining the Relationship Between the [OIII] 5007 Å Emission Line Profile and the Stellar Velocity Dispersion in Active Galaxies, Nathaniel Milgram

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Simulation of light scattering from Brownian particles, Raymond Mullen

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Transition Orbits of Walking Droplets, Joshua Parker

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Low Intensity Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy of the Lake Labyrinth Meteorite, Tristan C. Paul

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Thermodynamic Effects of a Local Bell State Projection Interaction in a One-Dimensional Dynamic Spin System, Nickolas H. Pilgram

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Characterizing Double and Triple Laser Beam Interference Patterns in the Context of Trapping Atoms for Quantum Computing, Ian E. Powell

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CUORE Image Analysis and CUORE-0 Shifting: A Contribution to the Search for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay, Dakota Christopher Rose

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Frequency of Seyfert Type Transitions in a Sample of 102 Local Active Galactic Nuclei, Jordan Runco

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Fission Fragment Tracking and Identification in the Neutron-Induced Fission Fragment Tracking Experiment’s Time Projection Chamber, Eric Song

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Simulations of HL-LHC Crab Cavity Noise using HEADTAIL, Stanley Steeper

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Saddle Force Mapping, Molly Totten

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Correlations in Intensity Fluctuations From a Quasi-Thermal Light Source: An Application of Hanbury Brown & Twiss, Christopher Watanabe