- Curriculum Vita
- Tenure Dossier Materials (I received tenure in 2007)
- Promotion Dossier Materials (I was promoted to Full
Professor in 2013)
This is a list of classes that I teach at Berry College. Web pages for these
courses can be found on Berry's VikingWeb System at
students enrolled in the classes will have access to these web pages.
- AST 120: The Copernican Revolution
- AST 121: The Discovery of Galaxies
- PHY 111 and 112 L: Labs for General Physics I and II
- PHY 321: Computational Methods in Physics
- PHY 402: Classical Mechanics
- PHY 430: Quantum Mechanics
- PHY 490: Physics and Astronomy Seminar
- Occasional directed studies in computational physics or the history & philosophy of science
My research interests are described below. For a list of my publications and
presentations (including reprints of my papers) click here.
The History and Philosophy of Science:
I am very intested in the history and philosophy of science. My
primary interest is in using the history of science to teach
non-science majors about the nature of science. I am currently
teaching two astronomy courses that are designed to teach
non-science majors about the nature of science. My study of the
history and philosophy of science is intended to inform my teaching
in those classes (and other classes I might teach in the future).
Teaching with Computers: I have a strong interest in
using computers to teach physics and astronomy. In particular, I
have developed many computer simulations for teaching astronomy and
physics topics. These simulations are part of the Open Source Physics project.
Quantum Chaos in Simple Systems:
Most of my technical work in physics has been devoted to studying the
properties of simple quantum systems whose classical counterpart is chaotic.
My past work has focused on periodically driven one-dimensional quantum wells, although recently I have begun exploring other simple systems. I've
studied harmonic generation, changes in eigenstate structure at avoided
crossings in the eigenvalue spectrum, scarring on unstable periodic orbits,
localization on a continuous line of periodic orbits, the changes in
eigenvalue statistics during the transition to chaos, and quantum signatures of non-Newtonian orbits.
Quantum Revivals: I have recently begun studying quantum
revivals in simple quantum wells. I am interested in how perturbations (and specifically perturbations that involve a discontinuous change of potential) alter
the revival behavior of wave packets.
Astrophotography: I am working to develop a program in
astrophotography at Berry College's Pew Observatory. My main goal is to
give Berry students the opportunity to take and process high-quality
astronomical photographs using a digital SLR camera and our telescopes.
Physics education research has shown that traditional lecture is not
the most effective way to teach physics. I have moved away from
traditional lecture and now use a much more active, student-centered
approach. Many of the curricular materials I have developed for my courses are
available for free using the links below.
Here are links to some other work-related web pages I have created:
Todd K. Timberlake (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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