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 2014

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Design and Implementation of Anti-Ballistic Missile System Using Video Motion Detection and a Nerf Gun, Steven Bowman

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Conception, Design and Construction of a Remote Wifi Vehicle using Arduino, Clayton Broman

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Detection of an Ultra Low Velocity Zone beneath Central Mexico with PcP Waveform Modeling, David James Buckley

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A Boxer's Punch, Jacob A. Ekegren

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Optical Properties of De Vries Liquid Crystals and a Look at Ultra Thin Freely Suspended Smectic Films, Joshua P. Fankhauser

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Static Interaction of Black Holes in 1+1 Dimensions, Philip Greenwood

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Developing A Diffraction Pattern Projection System for Neutral Atom Quantum Computation, Sanjay Khatri

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Laser Doppler Velocimetry: Flow Measurement Using a Digital Micromirror Device, Dawei Kuo

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Rubidium-based Atomic Clock, Kate Miles

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Exploring the relationship between a fluid container's geometry and when it will balance on edge, Ryan J. Moriarty

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Centered-Difference Applications for Schrödinger's Equation, Matthew Thomas Murachver

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Intensity Interferometry Experiment, Christy Rose Pedraza

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Monte Carlo Glauber Model of Nuclear Collisions, Chad F. Rexrode

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High Speed Control of Atom Transfer Sequence from Magneto-Optical to Dipole Trap for Quantum Computing, Jason Garvey Schray

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Ultrasonic Bonding for the CUORE Collaboration, John J. Sekerak II

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Monitoring Atom Traps for Neutral Atom Quantum Computing, Taylor Shannon

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Introduction to LIGO and an Experiment Regarding the Quality Factor of Crystalline Silicon, Edward Taylor

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Dielectric Spectroscopy of De Vries Smectic Liquid Crystals, Clayton Wesley Thatch

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Jet Measurements with Proton-Proton Collisions at 7 TeV in ALICE, Kevin Thompson

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Phase Transitions in Smectic Liquid Crystal Systems, John Van Atta and Josh Ziegler

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Modeling the Field Control of the Surface Electroclinic Effect and its Impact on Smectic Layer Strain, Kara M. Zappitelli