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 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.

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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.

Other Contributions (7)

2D motion with constant velocity part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
This activity is intended to introduce students to the distinction between vector and scalar quantities and to give them practice manipulating vectors (converting between X/Y and magnitude/angle representations) ...

Car Sliding across an ice rink activity page part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
This activity guides students through the process of analyzing the motion of a car as it moves across an ice rink and then rapidly decelerates as the brakes are pressed. In addition to one dimensional kinematics, ...

Person Sliding on Ice Activity Page part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
This activity guides students through the process of analyzing the motion of a person as he moves across an ice rink and then rapidly decelerates as he slides across the ice. In addition to one dimensional ...

The Wave activity page part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
This activity guides students through the process of analyzing the motion of a water coaster at an amusement park as it comes down and hill and then rapidly decelerates when it hits a water pool. In addition to ...

Curiosity Launch part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
This activity is based on the Curiosity Launch video and prompts students to make basic kinematic measurements and calculations based on the video, including elapsed time, displacement, starting velocity, average ...

How Fast is that? Ice Skaters 1 part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
This is a short activity intended to give students an introduction to the concepts of displacement and average acceleration. It is based on the "How Fast is that? Ice Skaters" Video

Keep in Time part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
This activity is based on the "Keep in Time" video and allows students to measure the speed of sound in air in a way that is intuitive and visual. I use this activity so that my students can practice ...