|DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY||NEBRASKA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY||WESMAIL
|Courses Taught||Principles of Physics I/General Physics I||Olin Hall, Room 131|
|PHYS-102/112||Principles of Physics II/General Physics II||Olin Hall, Room 131|
|PHYS-209||Electromagnetic Theory||Olin Hall, Room 124|
|PHYS-204||Quantum and Atomic Physics||Olin Hall, Room 124|
|PHYS-055||Energy and the Global Environment Lab||Olin Hall, Room 124|
|PHYS-261||Thermal Physics||Olin Hall, Room 110|
|PHYS-242||Classical Mechanics II||Olin Hall, Room 124|
|IDS-001-14||Liberal Arts Seminar (The High Frontier: The Quest to Live Beyond the Earth)||Olin Hall, Room 112|
|IDS-1010-10||Archways Seminar (Revelation and Observation: The Intersection of Faith and Science in Our Culture)||Olin Hall, Room 249|
DEPT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
NEBRASKA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
5000 ST PAUL AVE
LINCOLN NE 68504
|Office:||Olin Hall, Room 116 (end of hall, North end, 1st floor)||402.465.2247|
|Lab:||Olin Hall, Room H (basement)||402.465.2472|
Dean continues to work as scientific consultant and contract engineer with KLA-Tencor's ebeam division. In the summer of 2013 Dean began a collaboration with Professor Timothy Gay in the Department of Physics at UNL to explore and improve techniques to create beams of spin-polarized electrons through collisions with optically pumped Rubidium atoms.
Dean has three sons Sander (age 15), Jonas (age 13), and Charles (age 11).
|Curriculum Vita||Click here to view or download my CV as a Word document or PDF.|
|Fast Beams Laboratory||Dean
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Recent work in the lab is highlighted here.
|Mathcad||Mathcad is a
technical calculation and math visualization application created in
1986 and currently sold by Parametric
Technology Corp., an industry leader in engineering computing and
modeling (and creator of Pro-E). Mathcad is unique among its
competitors in two respects. First, it understands, converts, and
reconciles physical units. Second, it is intuitive and easy to
use. Both of these facts make it the perfect tool for
introduction within all levels of undergraduate physics instruction.
We use Mathcad in introductory physics to help students solve and
calculate. We use Mathcad in upper level physics to help students
visualize and explore advanced concepts.
VERY IMPORTANT: To download file, DO NOT JUST CLICK ON IT. In Firefox and Chrome, right-click Save Link As... In IE, right-click Save Target As..., then save as type "all files," and change the file extension to "xmcd." If you just click on it (in either browser), it will be interpreted as an XML file because it does have XML content. If using Safari, or other, something similar to the above will have to be done.
A "starting point" sheet, which has preset formats for equations and text, can be found here.
A good general purpose Mathcad tutorial covering basic expression and variable definition, calculation (with units), symbolic solving, graphing, etc. can be found here (*.xmcd file, see above note). It was created in Mathcad 13.
A list of hints involving the use of Mathcad designed to avoid frustration can be found here (*.xmcd file, see above note).
A poster entitled "Using Mathcad to Promote Expert Problem Solving in Upper-Level Physics," presented at the New Faculty Workshop Reunion, November 5-6, 2010, at the American Center for Physics, AIP Headquarters, College Park MD, can be viewed here as a PDF. The following is the abstract for that presentation: Upper level physics courses have traditionally emphasized “pencil and paper” analytical problem solving. Mathcad is a technical calculation platform that offers ease of use, incorporates physical units, and provides students the means to numerically simulate and visually explore the fascinating principles of advanced physics, with the overarching goal of testing and verifying their own analytical solutions by numerical means. Examples will be presented from a broad spectrum of upper-level physics topics.
|Eastridge Recreation Association||I serve on the Board of Directors for the Eastridge Recreational Association (ERA), the primary function of which is to oversee the operation of the Eastridge neighborhood swimming pool at 830 Sunrise Road, Lincoln. My local copy of the repair project site can be found here.|
|Growing in Faith Through the Lens of Science||I am involved in a project at First Lutheran Church, Lincoln NE that is funded by the Scientists in Congregations project. The goal is to support the healthy, beneficial coexistance of science and faith within our faith community, and within society as a whole.|