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Abstract Title: Nonlinear Dynamics on the Cheap in the Junior Laboratory
Abstract: This past spring (2015) three of us helped team-teach a Junior level laboratory in which physics majors are required, over two semesters, to complete experiments in 8 out of 10 main topic areas of physics.  As of the beginning of the spring 2015 semester, a satisfactory Mechanics/Nonlinear Dynamics experiment replete with instructions had not been identified.  Towards the end of the semester two students, Nicholas Hoen* and Julie Zimmerman*, expressed an interest in investigating the nonlinear dynamics of Duffing's oscillator.  In this presentation we will describe the structure of the Junior laboratory sequence in the joint physics program at Metropolitan State University Denver/University Colorado-Denver and discuss how the format allowed these two students to make remarkable progress, in a limited amount of time and with limited resources, to meet the goals of our Junior laboratory and provide us with a new Junior laboratory complete with student instruction manual.

* Metropolitan State University of Denver Students
Abstract Type: Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Richard J Krantz
Metropolitan State University of Denver
1201 5th St
CB 69
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-556-8560
Fax: 303-556-6475
and Co-Presenter(s)
Richard Krantz -  Metropolitan State University of Denver
Randall Tagg - University of Colorado – Denver
John Carlson - University of Colorado - Denver

Presentation Documents

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