Matt Vonk

Matt is a professor of physics at the University of Wisconsin River Falls (UWRF) where he takes the lead on the three courses in the Electronics sequence in addition to teaching Algebra-Based Physics, Modern Physics, and Astronomy. 

He is passionate about teaching physics and using video and other technology to enhance student learning.  Matt is currently serving a term as Fulbright Ambassador, regularly grades AP (Advanced Placement) exams in physics, and serves as advisor to the Gender and Sexuality Association at UWRF. 

Matt as taught electronics at universities in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, and will spend the spring semester 2014 teaching in China. 

 Selected Publications:  

Erosion Pillars  http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/magazine/physicstoday/article/63/12/10.1063/1.3529012

Video is the new Writing:  http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/magazine/physicstoday/news//10.1063/PT.4.0560

Water Jetpacks:  http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/magazine/physicstoday/article/66/1/10.1063/PT.3.1865

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Activities (2)

Airplane on a String - Student Activity part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
Students analyze the motion of a toy airplane on a string using information from the video (a visible force scale, a frame-counter and an overlaid protractor). These measurements allow them to determine the mass and speed of the aircraft as well as the length of the string that constrains it.

Airplane on a String part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Using Direct Measurement Videos to Teach Physics:Examples
Students analyze the motion of a toy airplane on a string using information from the video (a visible force scale, a frame-counter & an overlaid protractor). These measurments allow them to determine the mass and speed of the aircraft as well as the length of the string that constrains it.

Teaching Method Modules (2)

Direct Measurement Videos part of Direct Measurement Videos
Direct Measurement Videos are short, high-quality videos of real events that allow students to easily explore, measure, and predict physical phenomena. Several of the videos are paired with classroom-ready activities that integrate videos into the introductory mechanics curriculum.

Direct Measurement Videos part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Direct Measurement Videos
Direct Measurement Videos are short, high-quality videos of real events that allow students to easily explore, measure, and predict physical phenomena. Several of the videos are paired with classroom-ready activities that integrate videos into the introductory mechanics curriculum.