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Roberto Salgado

Lecturer
Physics

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Office hours

(Fall 2016) Tu 4:20-5:15p, We 4:35-5:30p, Th 11:00-11:55a

[Contact me by email. (The listed phone number doesn't work for me.)]

Specialty area(s)

Theoretical Relativity, Applied Mathematics, Physics Pedagogy, Computational Physics and Scienfific Visualization

Current courses at UWL

PHY 103 lab - Fundamental Physics I lab [5 sections: 12,13,16,17,21]
PHY 376 lab - Nuclear Science lab [2: sections 10,11]
PHY 498 - Research [with student] "Differential Forms in Relativistic Electrodynamics"

Teaching history

At UW-La Crosse:
PHY 103, PHY 103lab, PHY 104lab, PHY 125lab - Fundamental Physics, Physics for Life Sciences
PHY 374lab, 474lab - Computational Physics
PHY 453 - Topics in Physics and Astronomy: Special and General Relativity
PHY 498 - Research [with student] "Relativistic Electrodynamics", "Spacetime Diagrams for Special Relativity"

elsewhere:
(introductory) Algebra- and Calculus-based physics, Modern Physics, Physical Science, Twentieth-Century Physics, Astronomy lab, Relativity (for nonmajors)
(pre-engineering) Engineering Mechanics, Mechanics of Materials, Electric Circuits, Engineering Graphics
(majors) Intermediate Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, Mathematical Methods, and Computational Physics (C++, Python)
special topics: Computational Physics (Python), Relativity
independent study courses [with students]: Relativity, Robotics

my past syllabi

Professional history

(2013 – Present) Lecturer
Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI

(2012-2013) Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics
Department of Physics, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

(2010-2012) Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics
Department of Physics, Bowdoin College, Brunswick ME

(2008–2010) Visiting Assistant Professor and Mount Holyoke Fellow
Department of Physics, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

(Spr 2006 - Fall 2007) Senior Part-Time Instructor of Physics
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

(2002-2005*Katrina) Assistant Professor of Physics
Department of Physics, Dillard University, New Orleans, LA

(2001-2002) Research Scientist
Department of Radiology (Radiation Physics), SUNY Upstate Medical, Syracuse NY

(1999-2001) Postdoctoral Teaching/Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics
Department of Physics, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO

Research and publishing

"Relativity on Rotated Graph Paper"
(Am. J. Phy., 84, 344 (2016) - http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.4943251),
(a 2011 draft is available at arxiv.org/abs/1111.7254 )

(doctoral dissertation, 2008) "Toward a quantum dynamics for causal sets",
Syracuse University, Physics
http://surface.syr.edu/phy_etd/17/
(preview at Google books)

(invited) “Visualizing Proper Time in Special Relativity.”
(Physics Teacher (Indian Physical Society), v46 (4), (October-December 2004), pp. 132-143),
available at arxiv.org/abs/physics/0505134

“Some Identities for the Quantum Measure and its Generalizations.”
(Mod. Phys. Lett. A, Vol. 17, No. 12 (2002) 711-728 - http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S0217732302007041 )
available at arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/9903015

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poster on "Spacetime Trigonometry" (2006) from the AAPT Topical Workshop "Teaching General Relativity to Undergraduates"

"VPython applications for Teaching Physics" (2001-present)
Rob Salgado's GeoGebra pages  (2016-present)

(search for my poster and talk abstracts for AAPT national meetings)

Education

Ph.D., Physics, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

M.S., Physics, University of Chicago, Chicago IL

B.S. cum laude, Mathematics and Physics, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY

[I started as an engineering major at The Cooper Union, New York, NY before switching to Math and Physics at Stony Brook.]

Kudos for Roberto Salgado

Rob Salgado Physics

Rob Salgado, Physics, presented "Relativity on Rotated Graph Paper: Lorentz-Invariant Calculations with Causal Diamonds" at 2015 Midwest Relativity Meeting on Oct. 3, 2015 in Northwestern University, Chicago.

Roberto Salgado Physics

Roberto Salgado, Physics, authored the article ""Relativity on Rotated Graph Paper" in the American Journal of Physics published on April 1, 2016.

Roberto Salgado Physics

Roberto Salgado, Physics, presented "A Spacetime Trigonometry approach to Relativity" at the Gordon Research Conference on Physics Research & Education on June 5, 2016 in Newport RI.

Tobias Nelson and Roberto Salgado Physics

Tobias Nelson and Roberto Salgado, both Physics, presented "Visualizing the Electromagnetic Field with Differential Forms" at the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) 2016 Summer Meeting on Aug. 5, 2016 in Sacramento, CA.

Roberto Salgado Physics

Roberto Salgado, Physics, presented "Visualizing the Electromagnetic Field with Differential Forms" at the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) 2016 Summer Meeting on July 19, 2016 in Sacramento, CA. The presentation was co-authored by his student, Tobias Nelson, Physics

Roberto Salgado Physics

Roberto Salgado, Physics, presented "Introducing Spacetime Geometry: Relativity on Rotated Graph Paper" at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) MathFest 2016 on Aug. 4, 2016 in Columbus, OH.

Roberto Salgado Physics

Roberto Salgado, Physics, presented "Relativity on Rotated Graph Paper with GeoGebra" at the Wisconsin Association of Physics Teachers (WAPT) meeting on Nov. 10, 2016 in Oshkosh, WI. In addition, Salgado presented a poster on "A Spacetime Trigonometry Approach to Relativity".