There is no spoon!

Dr. Craig L. Caylor
Associate Professor of Physics
Westminster College
caylorcl *at* westminster *dot* edu




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Brief history

My B.S. in physics is from 1996 at Kansas State University.  I finished my Ph.D. at Cornell University in 2001 and have been at Westminster ever since.  My wife and I have five children.


Courses I teach at Westminster

PHY 151    Principles I:  The first semester of the two-semester calculus-based introductory physics sequence.  Topics covered include momentum, energy, angular momentum, and statistical mechanics.

PHY 152    Principles II:  The second semester of the two-semester calculus-based introductory physics sequence.  Topics covered include electricity, magnetism, and electromagnetic waves.

PHY 221    Electronics:  The basics of electrical engineering for physicists.  With lab. 

PHY 321    Experiments in Physics I:  For physics major sophomores and juniors.  Experiment design, data collection, and analysis, culminating in an individual project.

PHY 322    Experiments in Physics II:  For physics major sophomores and juniors.  Experiment design, data collection, and analysis, culminating in an individual project.  Continued.

PHY 401    Quantum Mechanics:  Taken by physics major juniors and seniors, this challenging course covers the important conceptual underpinnings of quantum mechanics at an advanced level and includes mathematically rigorous applications. 

PHY 601    Capstone I:  The first semester of the two-semester capstone sequence for senior physics majors.  Focus is on review of undergraduate physics, engagement with physics literature, science communication, and selecting/beginning the capstone project.


Research projects (past and present) at Westminster

Dr. Caylor's Lab of Horror

Oscillating water droplets:  Collection and analysis of strobed video data of horizontally driven water droplets on hydrophobic glass substrates. 

Electrowetting:  Model electrowetting-based lenses for instructional use.

Critical ionic mixtures:  Phase transition properties of a mixture of an ionic fluid with hexane. 

AC susceptibility:  Frequency dependence of the magnetic properties of ferromagnetic materials.



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