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 2013

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ANALYSIS OF AN UNUSUAL LIQUID CRYSTAL PHASE TRANSITION, Loni Ann Fuller

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Atmosphere Observation by the Method of LED Sun Photometry, Gregory Garza

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Michael's Awesome Italian Adventure (With a Bit of Science, Too), Michael W. Haskin

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Organic Polymer Solar Cells: The Effects of Device Packaging on Cell Lifetime, Spencer Herrick

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Field Control of the Surface Electroclinic Effect in Liquid Crystal Displays, Dana Hipolite

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Quantum Programming in Python: Quantum 1D Simple Harmonic Oscillator and Quantum Mapping Gate, Matthew Hoff

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An Inexpensive Scheffler Reflector for Developing Nations, Mike Kim

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Characterization of Planar Wave Guides by Angle-Dependent Excitation of Guided Modes, Edward D. Lunde

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Density Functional Theory and the Calculation of TcMg2O4 Spinel Lattice Parameters, Jon Karlo Macias

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Cataloging Lesson Plans Developed by Pre-Service Science Teachers During a Summer Research Experience, Robert Tollman McLaren

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Contributions to the CUORE Collaboration, Samuel Joseph Meijer

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Investigating Fault Structure Using Electrical Resistivity Tomography, Sara Michelle Monahan

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Modeling the Spectral Energy Distribution of Mrk 421, Randall L. Oglesby

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Contributions to Background Reduction and Computer Simulations for CUORE & CUORE-0, Ivo J. Plamenac

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Computational Analysis of a Bead on a Wire, Kristofer William Schobert

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Time Variation of the Broad Hβ and Hα Emission Lines in Active Galactic Nuclei, Bryan R. Scott

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Determining the Location of the Coronal Line Region within Local Active Galactic Nuclei using [Fe VII] Emission Line Properties, Charles Grant Showley

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Viscosity Dependence of Faraday Wave Formation Thresholds, Lisa Michelle Slaughter

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An Investigation into Dual-Axis Solar Tracking, Daniel Spaizman

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Measuring the Refractive Index of Infrared Materials by Dual-Wavelength Fabry-Perot Interferometry, Griffin Taylor

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Application of Phase Unwrapping to Digital Holographic Microscopy, Sara Taylor

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Dynamics of the Fitzhugh-Nagumo Neuron Model, Zechariah Thurman

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Selecting Island Pixels With a Likelihood Ratio, Jordan Tweddale

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Tilt Angle and Birefringence of Smectic Liquid Crystal Materials, Taylor Van Winkle

Senior Projects from 2012

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Optimization of the VERITAS Orbit-Mode Tracking Pattern, Joshua Allen