Senior Seminars

Academic Year

Name

Title

2011-2012 Josh Anderson
Velocity Temperature Dependence for Water on a Leidenfrost Rachet

Scott Clark
Computer Control of an AC Servo Driven X-Y Table for Laser Machining

Alex Jewel
Acoustic Levitation by Means of Ultrasonic Transducers

Michael McAllister
Chaos in Chua's Circuit

James Rust
The Impact of Tempurature on the Radiance of Ultraviolet LEDs Using Water and Air Cooling

Amanda Steck
The Study of Aerosol Droplets Using Optical Trapping and CERS

Kathleen Vignali
Obtaining Optimum Solar Panel Efficiency

Matthew Wolf
Pressure Dependence of Ramon Spectroscopy of Liquid Water
2010-2011 James Allen
NASCAR Drafting in a Wind Tunnel
  Paul Bartlett
Wireless Energy Transfer
2009-2010 Cadie Boyung
Light Emitting Bubbles
  Jeremy Clounch
Investigating Quicksand
  Matt Cady
Using Physics to Ruin a Child's Toy
  Lee Massey
Synchronization of Multiple Metronomes within a System Containing a Non-driven Physics Pendulum
  Tyler Campbell
Determining the Expansion Rate of the Universe
  Samual McCutcheon
Study of Chaotic Behavior in a Simple Electronic Circuit
  Nicholas Iverson
Design and Construction of a Thermal Energy Storage Device
  Aaron Lemmer
Construction of a Diode-Pumped 532nm ND:YVO4 Laser with Cr:YAG Passive Q-switching and Intracavity KTP Frequency Doubling
  Scott Denger
Biomechanics of Distance Running
  Mitch Andrejka
Investigation of the Ground Reaction Force of a Jump using Various Landing Techniques
  Elizabeth Denkinger
Time Efficiency Comparison between Induction and Electric Cooktops
  Michael Fitzl
Using Automated Methods to Analyze Dry Concrete for Proper Air Entrainment
  Forest Kirschbaum
IceCube - Giant Thermometer
  Seth Matucheski
Parameter Space Optimization of Design for Coil and Permanent Magnet Options for a Generator for a Human Powered Electric Bicycle
  Shawntel Murphy
Motion of Optically Trapped Salt Water Droplets
  Abby Riddick
Implementation of LED Flasher Data to Increase Simulation Accuracy for the IceCube Project
  Luke Titus
Coupled Oscillator Models of Dark Energy
  Craig Witte
Determination of the Superconducting Critical Temperature for YBa2Cu3O7-x
2008-2009 Jay Anderson
The Mcgyan Process: A New Way of Making Biodiesel
  Sean Wolf
Using Optical Contrast to Spot Graphene
  Luke Hafstad
Implementation of a 4-bit Decimation-in-Time Radix-2 FFT on an FPGA
  Devin Underwood
Building an Iron Cored High Temperature Superconducting Solenoid
  Sarah Woods
Efficient Non-radiative Mid-range Wireless Power Transfer
  Matt Blodgett
Investigating IceTop Detector Behavior using Tagged Muons
  Matt Brotzler
Theoretically Determining the color Change of a Liquid Crystal
  Jesse Goebel
Wing Tip Vortex Reduction with the Introduction of Winglets
  David Johnson
Using Energy Density and Thickness to Find Efficient Laser Cutting Settings
  Bridget Onan
Acoustical Resonators and the Marimba
  Patrick Powers
Fractals and Their Effects on Quantum Mechanics

2007-2008

Charles Bardel    

Electronic Proximity Aid for the Blind: A Vibrating Electronic Proximity Belt

 

Ann Deml 

The Zeeman Effect

 

Travis Getzie

Designing and Building a Micro-Raman Spectrometer

 

Dan Musekamp

The Movement of a Chaotic Waterwheel

 

John O'Brien-Schroeder 

Adaptive Optics and Image Enhancement through Deconvolution

 

Francis Vorasane

The Tilt-A-Whirl: Unpredictable and Possibly Chaotic

 

Katherine Ward

Biological Propagation of Electrical Signals Through Artificial Neurological Tissue

2006-2007

Scott DeWolf

Measuring Reverberant Sound Fields with a 3D Microphone Array

 

Reime Jahr

Chaotic Motion of the Tabletop Tilt-A-Whirl

 

Tom Johnson

Measuring Cosmic Ray Air Showers

 

Dan Kopchinski  

PZT Driver Circuit for a Single-bubble Sonoluminescence Experiment

 

Amanda Lundgren

Frequency Spectra Comparison of Instruments Within the Same Family

 

Amanda Pittman

An Introduction to Ellipsometry and the Theory of its Operation

 

Allen Riley

Twisted Nematic Liquid Crystal Cell Construction and Observed Responses to Applied Voltages

 

Justin Smith

Autonomous Control of a Balance Beam

 

Mike Sykora

Optical Clarity Characterization of Poly(methyl methacrylate)

 

Mike Tate

Quantitative Verification of the Which-Way Experiment Using Single Photons

 

Josh Wynveen

It is Chaos!: Rotational Dynamics of a Magnetic Dipole in a Time-Varying Magnetic Field

2005-2006

Luke Chambers

Building a MagnetoHydrodynamic Propulsion System

 

Alex Dix

Single Bubble Sonoluminescence

 

Jon Eisch

Design and Construction of a Time-Synchronized Portable Muon Tagger

 

Patrick Fillmore

Developing Experiments in Electron Optics

 

Heather Lunn

Demonstrating Chaotic Motion with a Tabletop Tilt-a-Whirl

 

Stephen Taubel

No-Bounce Cart-Making Internal Thermal Energy Visible

2004-2005

Jeremy Tilsen

Undergraduate Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

 

Tracy Mayer

A Twist on Light: A Faraday Rotation Experiment

 

Joe Exner

Modeling of a Homemade Cosmic Ray Telescope

 

Anthony Landberg

Study of a Standing Wave Thermoacoustic Refrigerator

 

Nick Olsen

The Rijke Tube Phenomenon

 

Bill Kalk

Determining Planck's Constant Through LED Characteristics

 

Kyle Hoegh

Water Bottle Analysis Using a DMA

 

Jesse Ahlert

Magnetohydrodynamic Propulsion

 

Jeff Herfindal

Laser Communication Under Raman-Nath Conditions

 

Ashton Flinders

Properties of an Activated Energy System: A Magnetic Pendulum

 

Robert Wicklund

Stereoscopic Imaging and Projection Using the Cross-Polarization Technique

 

Mike Majer

Telescope Angular Resolution Quantification Using Double Stars

 

Alan Kruizenga

PET Optical Properties

 

Ryan Bruvold

Microscopic Displacements of a Wood Block Under Static Friction

2003-2004

Arriety Lowell

The Motion of a Magnetic Pendulum

 

Jackie Meyer

Investigation of Reflectance Wavelengths due to the Change in Incident Angle of Light on Cholesteric Liquid Crystals

 

Angela Thomley

The Theory of Liquid Crystals Viewed at Varying Angles

2002-2003

Andrew Hoerneman

An Experiment with a Boltzmann Machine

 

Joe Ott

A Forced Rayleigh Scattering Experiment Intended to Measure the Mass Diffusion Coefficient of a Methyl Red Solution

 

Kyle Jacobsen

Mechanical Properties of Polyethylene Films Containing Spherulites

 

Brendan J. (BJ) Poore

Finding Problems with Freshmen Wheels

 

Brandon Rice

Optical Trap Characterization with a Two Axis Microscope

 

Regina Schindel

A Scanning Fabry-Perot Interferometer

2001-2002

Jeremy Licht

Explaining the Near Field Sound Radiated by a Trident Tuning Fork

 

Casey D. Keller

Holography in the High School Classroom

 

Thomas Walch

Homemade Cosmic Ray Detection

 

Matthew N. Bauer

Moving Metal with Electrons: [Rail] Guns in the Classroom

 

Brad Booher

Effects of Various Elements on Gas Based Muon Detectors

 

Michael Brown

Intracavity Frequency Doubled Nd:YVO4/KTP Green Laser

 

Tony Dabruzzi

Designing, Building, and Instrumenting a Gas Turbine Engine

 

Joshua A. Knutson

The Relative Breaking Strength of Knots

 

Emily Lombard

Characterization of Particle Motion in an Optical Trap

 

Steven McKinley

Thin-Film Strain Gage

 

Justin C. Peskar

Design and Implementation of a Standing Wave Thermoacoustic Refrigerator

2000-2001

Peter Bohacek

Design and Construction of a Panoramic Pinhole Camera

 

Jesse Gavin

Pyro-Smith

 

Matt Haase

Physics of the Tractor Pull Sled

 

Brian Louks

Siegmund: the Simulation and Analysis Software Package for the AMANDA Project

 

Dwight Luhman

The Effects of Slanted Floors on Granular Flows in Two-Dimensional Silos

 

Aaron A. Parr

Wavelet Signal Analysis

 

Dominic Schroepfer

Growing Large Crystals of Pentacene and Tetracene

1999-2000

Lisa Bates

Laboratory Reproduction of a Mirage Using Sugar Water

 

Maya Arnott

DDP Image Processing on CCD Images

 

Tim Beach

Pressure Waves in the Atmosphere

 

Greg Fuchs

Vibrating, Traveling Strings

1998-1999

Christina Nieman

Fourier Transforms on Apertures

1997-1998

Dan Hagstrom

Galloping Gertie and a Look at Resonance in Suspension Bridges

 

William Tireman

Laser Spectroscopy of the Rubidium D1 Transition

 

Scott Jensen

Mechanical Properties of Polymers using Nanotechnology

 

Brian J. Zadler

Automating Data Acquisition Using Labtech Software

 

Lisa Raney

Simulating the Earth's Magnetic Field: How Close Have We Come?

 

Philip Borawski

Visible Light Interferometry in the Measurement of the Angular Separation of Binary Stars

 

Joshua Kalk

Surface Diffusion Below the Roughening Temperature

1996-1997

Phil Goebel

The Design and Implemantation of a Three State Logic System

 

Ryan Martin

Testing the Dispersion Theory of Slinky Whistlers

 

Chris Beskar

Polonium Powered Planes and a Less Apocalyptic Look at Radioisotopes as Turbine Engine Heat Elements

1995-1996

Daniel J. Bruski

Analysis of an Electric Guitar Signal

 

Erika Koenig

Cameras: A Unit for the High School Physics Class

 

Mike Holter

Entropy in Colloidal Mixtures

 

Vincent Reis

Active Noise Control: Study of Transverse Waves Through a Steel Ribbon

 

Nick Bennig

A First Look at Digital Filters

 

Kim Kolkin

Nonlinear Motion of a Wire: Representation with Poincare Diagrams

 

Craig Arendt

An Undistorted View of Relativity

 

John A Stifter

An Overview of Scattering Theories

 

Lyle Thomas

The Physics of the Jump Shot

 

Jeffrey A. Malinowski

Piezoelectric Engines Analysis

 

Wade Oberpriller

Determination of the Thickness of Two Thin, Non-Homogeneous Plates with Ultrasonic Transducers

1994-1995

Lawrence O. Imm

Physical Parameters Concerning Nonlinear Resonance

 

Paul J. Costanzo

Development of Courseware to Teach Graphical Analysis

 

Dale T. Zuzek

The Biomechanics of Pole Vaulting

 

Maia Davis Pulse

Compression: Dechirping of Time Reversed Slinky Whistlers

 

Matthew E. Gehrke

Measurement of the Velocity of Water in a Rectangular Pipe using a Lloyd's Mirror Diffraction Pattern

 

Alicia Amundson

Multiple Rainbows from a Single Drop of Water

 

Joe Garner

Mechanical Simulation of a Bowed String

 

Andrew Gerrish

Up From the Ashes

 

Lance Kuhn

High Resolution Surface Profiling Using Optical Interferometry

 

Steven K. Manfred

A Star is Unborn: The Schizoid Supernova

 

Dawn Luehrs

Fiber Optics

1993-1994

Douglas Lindee

Ballistics of a .54 Caliber Bullet

 

James Hall

Program to Analyze X-ray Diffraction Data

 

Thomas Weseli

Magnetic Heat Engine

 

Jeffrey J. Guertin

The Big Grid: How it Came to Be

 

Igor Anshakov

Post-Chernobyl Environmental Monitoring

 

Nha Dinh

Phase Sensitive Detector

 

Jay Meyer

Surround Sound Revealed

 

Jason Goray

Selection of Appropriate Reconstruction Filters Using Neural Networks

 

Brent Schwab

The Theory of Digital Audio with Emphasis on Interpolation

 

Debbie Freitag

Colorimetry

 

Kimberly J. Staiger

Using the Fast Fourier Transform to Determine the Normal Frequencies of a Loaded String

 

Timothy M. Dietrich

Gravity Measurements with the Worden Gravity Meter

1992-1993

Peter J. Close

Boomerang Flight Theory

 

Mark Oman

Thermodynamics of a Rubber Band

 

Mark Anderson

Design and Analysis of a Stirling Cycle Engine

 

Julie Rauwolf

Brachytherapy

 

Sue Sindelar

The Radon Risk

 

Steve Danczyk

Elastic Scattering of Alpha Particles by Gold Nuclei

 

Dele Edwin

Obune Matrix Study of Electron Motion Propagating Through a Rectangular Barrier in a One-Dimensional Crystal

 

Ron Hanestad

Automobile Deceleration and Collision

 

David Hansen

The Terminator

 

Julie Johnson

Gas Dynamics

1991-1992

Christine L. Hegenbarth

Application of Stokes' Law in Determining the Size Distribution of Soil Particles: Comparison of Two Methods

 

Michael J. Narlock

Theoretical and Experimental Foundations for the Buckminsterfullerene

 

Paul Sundby

Designing and Building a Barton's Pendulums Apparatus

 

Joel Harper

Designing and Building a Liquid Nitrogen Cloud Chamber

 

Glenn C. Foster

Investigation of the Elastic Pendulum

 

Jim Lewandowski

Designing and Building an Electric Quadrupole Trap for Macroscopic Particles

 

Ken Close

Designing and Building a Chronograph

 

Gregory Fall

Designing and Building a Chaos Demonstrator

 

Robert Cooper

Investigation of Contaminant Activity Levels of Cs-137 in Samples Obtained from Cs-137/Ba-137 Miniature Radionuclide Generators

1990-1991

Jeff Brenizer

Determination of the Power of Low Temperature Differential Stirling Engines

 

Brent Niccum

Basic Flow Properties of Materials for Evaluation and Engineering

 

Michael Webb

Harmonics in Flexible Bars

 

Richard Schmitt

Black Holes: The Battle with Gravity

 

Jon Graetz

Making a Smoke Detector into an Electronic Weather Vane

 

June Vande Vegt

Boltzmann's Constant from the Temperature of a Diode

 

Matt Miller

Turbulence Measurements in a Fluid Using a Laser Doppler Anemometer

 

Lowell McCann

Do You SPO's it Resonates? Or Finding the Surface Plasmon Frequency in Silver Films

1989-1990

Bruce A. Webster

Conservation of Momentum Error Analysis

 

Scott Richardson

Nonlinear Oscillators

 

Jonathan Strain

Aerodynamic Drag on an Arrow

 

Tim Teasdale

The Atwood Smart Pulley to Study Rocket Motion

 

Yvette Guenther

Sound Diffraction by CSH Vents

 

Mark Howley

Computer Generated Diffraction Patterns and the Quest for a "Visible" Fourier Transform

 

Brian Wilson

Impact Detection Using the Piezoelectric Effect

 

Phil Foltz

Bandgap Determination for Silicon and Germanium

 

Bob Soderberg

CO2 Bubble Formation: Beer Physics

 

George Lundquist

An Experiment to Investigate the Properties of a Thermocouple

 

Jeff Saueressig

Altitude Prediction for Model Rockets

 

Joel Marvin

Probability Distribution of Time Intervals Between Radioactive Decay Events

1988-1989

Gerritt Duxbury

Development of the Foil

 

Dexter St. George

The Extension of Euler's Method

1987-1988

Carol A. Annett

The Design of Experiments

 

David C. Yahnke

Video Enhancement for Physics in Education

 

Steve C. Hammer

D.C. Power Supply Design

 

Troy Simon

Eavesdropping with a Laser

 

Mark Schroeder

Experiment to Measure the After-Effect of Thin Films

 

Matthew Smith

An Investigation of the Mossbauer Effect

 

Jeff Crowder

Fresnel Zone Plate

 

Kent Fox

The Evolution of Millikan's Oil Drop Experiment

 

Neal Schumacher

Physical Properties of Heat Treated Steel

 

Gary T. Holm

A Real-Life Computer Application: Approximating Unsolvable Differential Equations

 

Mary E. Noles

Using a Multipurpose Loading Device to Analyze Some Aspects of a Cantilever Beam

 

Paul McConville

Cold Fusion

 

Ed.C. Miniatt

Nondestructive Testing

 

James Erik Hendrickson

Magnetic Susceptibility of a High Tc Superconducting Ceramic

 

Sandy Zmuda

Radon Detection and Measurement

1986-1987

Nien van Nguyen

Signal Detection Using Analytic Signal Magnitude

1985-1986

Romona Gunter

Fluorocarbons

 

Todd Loren Braman

My Digital to Analog Interfacing Senior Project

 

Allen J. Miller

Acoustic Absorbtion Coefficients and Their Measurement

 

Dan Strom

Percent Yield Calibration of the Gamma-Ray Scintillation Spectrometer

 

Steve Hoffman

Chemically Etching ITO on Glass Plates

 

Bill Herron

Doppler Radar / Distance Radar

 

Christian Nielsen

Compact Disc Player Optics and the Birefringence Problem