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 2012

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P3HT:PCPDTBT:PCBM Multi- polymer single layer solar cells, Ted Andreas

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Variability Studies of Multi-Wavelength Data from gamma-ray Blazars Mrk 421 and Mrk 501, Brandon Becker

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Analysis of Cornell Electron-Positron Storage Ring Test Accelerator's Double Slit Visual Beam Size Monitor, Robert Campbell

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Building and Characterization of Laser Diodes as Well as System Design of a Dual Wavelength Fabry-Perot Interferometer, Nicholas Czapla

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How to Build a Nixie Clock, Shepherd Darquea

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Determining Stellar Velocity Dispersion in Active Galaxies: Is the [OIII] Width a Valid Surrogate?, Kelsi Flatland

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Nuclear Waste Policy Act: Where We've Been and Where We're Headed, Kevin Flournoy

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The Quantum Mechanics of Supersymmetry, Joshua Gearhart

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Gaussian Beam Steering on a Target Plane via High Speed Orthogonal Mirror-mounted Galvanometers, Keith Gresiak

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Digital Holography and Applications in Microscopic Interferometry, Cody Jenkins

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Estimates of the density contrast at Earth’s inner-core boundary beneath central Mexico, Wade Kelley

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The Double Pendulum: Construction and Exploration, Benjamin J. Knudson

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Investigation of Optical Dipole Traps for Trapping Neutral Atoms for Quantum Computing, Danielle May

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Aspects of General Relativity in 1+1 Dimensions, Richard D. Mellinger Jr

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Building an Alpha Spectrometer for the CUORE Collaboration, David J. Miller

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Multipolymer Interactions in Bulk Heterojunction Photovoltaic Devices, Grant Olson

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The Search for Charged Massive Supersymmetric Particles at the LHC, Aleksey Pavlov

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Studying Beam Dynamics at CesrTA, Matthew (Matt) Randazzo

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Orbital Velocities in the Broad Line Region of Seyfert 1 Galaxies, Rebecca Renee Rosen

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Analysis of Focal-Plane Measurements for VERITAS Telescopes, William Hemmo Schuur

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Seismic detection of a low-velocity layer atop the 410-km discontinuity: verification of an electromagnetically detected layer of partial-melt atop the 410-km discontinuity beneath SE Arizona, Dwight W. Townsend