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Scott Franklin

School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science
Director, CASTLE

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Scott Franklin

School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science
Director, CASTLE


BA, University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of Texas


Dr. Franklin studies geometrically cohesive granular materials, a particular form of soft matter that shows dramatic entanglement. He is also interested in the dynamics of student learning in physics, as well as how physicists associate meaning with mathematical expressions.


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Currently Teaching

1 - 3 Credits
Masters-level research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
3 Credits
This course serves two purposes. One is to introduce students to metacognition, reflective practice and self-assessment. Students will explore how the continual assessment of one's own knowledge guides scientific progress in the development of both research and theoretical practice. The second is to apply metacognitive techniques to exploring scientific investigation from a combination of scientific, ethical and societal standpoints. Examples will be drawn from student interest, and may include topics such as: Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear disasters, genetically modified organisms, indoor air quality, invasive species, forensic science. Metacognitive issues such as learning theory, stereotype threat and self-assessment will be explored for their role in the acquisition of scientific knowledge.
4 Credits
This course is a systematic presentation of Newtonian kinematics and dynamics including equations of motion in one- and three-dimensions, conservation laws, non-inertial reference frames, central forces, Lagrangian mechanics, and rigid body motion. This course will use advanced mathematical techniques including differential equations, vector calculus, and matrix and tensor formulations.
1 Credits
This seminar will assist students in their preparation for the Physics Comprehensive Oral Exam (CORE) required at the end of the course by presenting a unified as opposed to topical approach to physics. Physics majors must pass this course before going on to 300-level Physics courses.

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Journal Paper
Freeman, Julian O., et al. "Random Packing of Rods in Small Containers." Granular Matter 21. (2019): TBD. Print.
Shishkov, Olga, et al. "Black Soldier y Larvae Rearrange Under Compression." Integrative and comparative biology. (2019): 1540. Web.
Wu, Jianing, et al. "Elephant Trunks form Joints to Squeeze Together Small Objects." Journal of the Royal Society Interface 15. (2018): unknown. Print.
Franklin, Scott V, et al. "Improving Retention through Metacognition: A Program for Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing and First-Generation STEM College Students." Journal of College Science Teaching 48. (2018): unknown. Print.
Franklin, Scott V., et al. "Ant Aggregations Self-Heal to Compensate for the Ringelmann Effect." Soft Matter 12. 18 (2016): 4214--4220. Print.
Franklin, Scott V. "Extensional Rheology of Entangled Granular Materials." Europhysics Letters 106. 5 (2014): 58004. Print.
Franklin, Scott V., Eleanor C. Sayre, and Jessica W. Clark. "Traditionally Taught Students Learn; Actively Engaged Students Remember." American Journal of Physics 82. (2014): 798. Print.
Franklin, Scott V. and Lisa M. Hermsen. "Real-time Capture of Student Reasoning While Writing." Physical Review Special Topics -Physics Education Research 10. (2014): 20121. Web.
Gravish, Nick, et al. "Entangled Granular Media." Physical Review Letters 108. (2012): 208001. Print.
Franklin, Scott V. "Geometric Cohesion in Granular Materials." Physics Today 65. (2012): 70. Print.
Franklin, Scott V. "Geometric Cohesion in Granular Materials." Physics Today 65. (2012): 70. Print.
Sayre, Eleanor C., et al. "Learning, Retention, and Forgetting of Newton's Third Law throughout University Physics." Physical Review Special Topics --- Physics Education Research 8. (2012): 10116. Web.
Jackson, David P., Priscilla W. Laws, and Scott V. Franklin. "An Inquiry-Based Curriculum for Non-Majors." Science 335. (2012): 25. Print.
Published Conference Proceedings
Gazzillo, Z., Scott Franklin, and S. L. Alarcón. "Using Quantum Computers to Study Random Close Packing of Granular Discs." Proceedings of the 2019 Tenth International Green and Sustainable Computing Conference. Ed. IEEE. Alexandria, VA: n.p., 2019. Web.
Kustusch, Mary Bridget, Eleanor C. Sayre, and Scott V. Franklin. "Identifying Shifts in Agency by Analyzing Authority in Classroom Group Discussion." Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Ed. unknown. London, England, England: n.p., Web.
Archibeque, Ben, et al. "Qualitative Measures of Equity in Small Groups." Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Ed. unkonwn. London, England: n.p., Web.
Franklin, Scott and Jonathan Lindine. "Faculty Discourse in the Classroom: Meaning in Mathematical Moves." Proceedings of the 2013 Physics Education Research Conference. Ed. Paula Engelhardt. Portland, Oregon: American Institute of Technology, Print.
Sayre, Eleanor C., et al. "A Web-Based System for Between-Student Testing in University Physics." Proceedings of the 2012 European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction. Zurich, Switzerland: n.p., 2012. Print.
Franklin, Scott V. and Tricia Chapman. "Diversity of Faculty Practice in Workshop Classrooms." Proceedings of the Physics Education Research Conference. Ed. D.J. Wagner. Philadelphia, PA: American Institute of Physics, 2012. Print.
Sayre, Eleanor C. and Scott V. Franklin. "Learning, Retention, and Forgetting in University Physics." Proceedings of the 2011 National Meeting of the American Education Research Association. Ed. unknown. New Orleans, LA: n.p., 2011. Print.
Full Length Book
Franklin, Scott V., Scott V. Franklin, and Mark D. Shattuck. Handbook of Granular Materials. 1 ed. Boca Raton, Florida: Taylor and Francis, 2016. Print.
(ed), Scott Franklin and Mark Shattuck. Handbook of Granular Materials. Ft. Lauderdale, FL: CRC Press, 2016. Print.
Published Article
Trepanier, Melissa and Scott V. Franklin. “Column collapse of granular rods." Physical Review E, 82 (2010): 011308. Print. "  É  *
Clark, Jessica, E. Sayre, and S. Franklin, “Fluctuations in Student Understanding of Newton’s 3rd Law." Proceedings of the 2010 Physics Education Research Conference, 2010. n.p. Print. "  É  *