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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 101    Physical Science:  A course designed primarily for elementary education majors, Physical Science is an activity-based approach to learning  physics concepts and applications.  We study topics in motion, heat and temperature, electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and materials. 

PHY 141    Foundations I:  The first semester of the two-semester algebra-based introductory physics sequence.  Topics covered include force, translational motion, rotation, energy, momentum, fluids, oscillations, and waves. 

PHY 142    Foundations II:  The second semester of the two-semester algebra-based introductory physics sequence.  Topics covered include electricity, magnetism, light, and optics. 

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

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

PHY 311    Thermal Physics:  An introduction to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics for physics major sophomores and juniors. 

PHY 313    Modern Physics:  An introduction to special relativity, quantum mechanics, and sub-atomic particles. 

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. 


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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