Research papers by Paul Nakroshis
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Peaks Island Land Preserve, Peaks Island, Maine


Research and Teaching Interests 

Computational Physics: I use Python for all my computing needs, as well as for teaching Physics 261:  Computational Physics. I have been working on a text for the course, but my work is morphing into creating a set of Jupyter Notebooks for each project. The course is now a 3 Credit laboratory, and we will be using a new JupyterHub server to provide all students with the same computational environment. 

Torsion Pendulum Magnetometer:  Together with many students, I have designed a torsion pendulum that will be used to measure fluctuations in the horizontal component of the earth's magnetic field. 

Granular Physics: A while ago, I spent time studying the stick-slip dynamics of a two dimensional array of cylinders. We  looked at the statistics of stick-slip events as well as rotational motion within the array. 

Physics Education: My main inspiration for physics education came from reading the works of Carl R. Rogers (Freedom to Learn and it's revisions). I have been incorporating authentic assessment and conceptual questioning into my introductory physics classes. In addition, together with other faculty at USM, and the help of our Provost, we helped create a Learning Assistant program at USM. 

Curriculum Vitae: Click CurriculumVitae2019 to download in PDF format. The file includes as an attachment, the original LaTeX source which you can feel free to extract (you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or Acrobat Pro 8.0 or later) or PDF Expert (OSX App) and use as a LaTeX CV template. (updated 05-Nov-2019)


     labjack-controller: Robust and Easy Data Collection with Labjack T-Series DAQs in Python

  • Vector plot of Helmholtz Coil in Earth's Magnetic Field, from the Wolfram Demonstrations Project,Cody Goolsby and Paul Nakroshis, Dec. 2011
  • The Headlight Effect, from the Wolfram Demonstrations Project, October 2007, Link
  • Measuring Boltzmann's constant using video microscopy of  Brownian motion, American Journal of Physics, 71 (6) June 2003 .pdf (235 kB)
  • Statistics of continuous motion force events in a driven 2D granular array,    .pdf (284 kB)

Publications (Electronic):


   Introductory Computational Physics using Python