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Robert Szalapski

Lecturer
School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science

585-475-7888
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Robert Szalapski

Lecturer
School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science

Education

BS, University of Minnesota at Minneapolis; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison

Bio

Dr. Rob began at the University of Minnesota -- Minneapolis where he obtained a BS in Physics, but with a lot of work in Chemistry and Mathematics, too. He studied High Energy Theory with a strong emphasis on computation and connecting theory to experiment at the University of Wisconsin -- Madison where he earned his Ph.D.. This was followed by four years in the Theory Group at the National Laboratory for High Energy Physics (KEK) in Japan and about one year at the University of Rochester followed by extensive commercial experience in software and miscellaneous engineering, adjunct teaching and high-school teaching.

585-475-7888

Currently Teaching

PHYS-112
4 Credits
This course is an introduction to algebra-based physics focusing on thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and elementary topics in modern physics. Topics include heat and temperature, laws of thermodynamics, fluids, electric and magnetic forces and fields, DC electrical circuits, electromagnetic induction, opyics, the concept of the photon, and the Bohr model of the atom. The course is taught using both traditional lectures and a workshop format that integrates material traditionally found in separate lecture, recitation, and laboratory settings.
PHYS-211
4 Credits
This is a course in calculus-based physics for science and engineering majors. Topics include kinematics, planar motion, Newton's Laws, gravitation, work and energy, momentum and impulse, conservation laws, systems of particles, rotational motion, static equilibrium, mechanical oscillations and waves, and data presentation/analysis. The course is taught in a workshop format that integrates the material traditionally found in separate lecture and laboratory courses.
PHYS-111
4 Credits
This is an introductory course in algebra-based physics focusing on mechanics and waves. Topics include kinematics, planar motion, Newton’s laws, gravitation; rotational kinematics and dynamics; work and energy; momentum and impulse; conservation laws; simple harmonic motion; waves; data presentation/analysis and error propagation. The course is taught using both traditional lectures and a workshop format that integrates material traditionally found in separate lecture, recitation, and laboratory settings.