Wolfgang Christian


Ph.D., B.S. North Carolina State University


I've taught computational physics at Davidson for 30 years and my research in the field has contributed to the successful establishment of the Davidson Physics Computation Center as well as our hosting of the Computational Physics for Upper Level Courses Conference. My students and I have won numerous software awards in the annual Computers in Physics and the Computers in Science and Engineering software competition. I'm currently working on multimedia physics curricular development using the World Wide Web and on open source program development. This work is being distributed through the ComPADRE National Science Digital Library and has received a SPORE Prize (Science Prize for Online Resources in Education) from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

I'm a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the author or co-author of nine books including: Open Source Physics: A User's Guide with Examples (Addison Wesley 2006), An Introduction to Computer Simulation Methods: Applications to Physical System (Addison Wesley 2006), Physlet Quantum Physics (Prentice Hall 2005), Physlet Physics (Prentice Hall 2004), Physlets: Teaching Physics with Interactive Curricular Material (Prentice Hall, 2001), Just-in-Time Teaching (Prentice Hall, 1999), and Waves and Optics: Volume 9 of the Computational Physics Upper Level Software, CUPS, series (Wiley, 1995). I've also been books editor of the APS journal, Computers in Physics.

I am currently the Secretary of the American Association of Physics Teachers and the President of the North Carolina Section of this Association.