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Roberto Salgado


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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"

(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) -,
(a 2011 draft is available at )

(doctoral dissertation, 2008) "Toward a quantum dynamics for causal sets",
Syracuse University, Physics
(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

“Some Identities for the Quantum Measure and its Generalizations.”
(Mod. Phys. Lett. A, Vol. 17, No. 12 (2002) 711-728 - )
available at


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)


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.]