Laurence Cain


Ph.D., M.S. University of Virginia
B.S. Wake Forest University


I teach courses in astronomy, physics of the environment, electricity and magnetism, statistical and thermal physics and solid state physics, as well as the introductory physics courses. My interests include teaching courses and laboratories using innovative teaching techniques and developing lecture demonstrations.

My research interests include the measurement of the elastic, mechanical, optical, and defect properties of solids through the use of ultrasonic, spectroscopic, and ionic conductivity techniques. This includes the measurement of elastic constants of solids, the measurement of optical properties of insulating crystals, and the measurement of ionic conductivity to determine the formation and migration energies of defects in solids.

My professional activities include work with the College Board's Advanced Placement Physics program. I have been a reader for the AP Physics exams. I have been a member of and chaired the Development Committee's for AP Physics B/C and AP Physics C. I co-chaired the Redesign Commission that redesigned AP Physics B, and have been involved in the curriculum and assessment design for the two courses which came out of that redesign: AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2. I am currently a member of the Development Committee for AP Physics 2. 

I have received the Thomas Jefferson Award and the ODK Teaching Award from Davidson College. I'm a fellow of the American Physical Society and received the Francis Slack Award for Service from the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society.