Bruce C. Denardo
Prof. Denardo joined the tenure-track faculty of NPS in 1998. He teaches a variety of physics courses at all university levels. His main research interests are acoustics, nonlinear oscillations and waves, fluid dynamics, and educational physics. His current research is on acoustic radiation forces, vortex ring bubbles, and fluidic and acoustic MEMS. Prof. Denardo has advised 48 M.S. thesis students and 2 Ph.D. dissertation students. He is a longstanding member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and the Acoustical Society of America.
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• Ph.D. in Physics - University of California at Los Angeles, 1990
• Associate Professor of Physics, 1998-present
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Assistant Research Professor at the National Center for Physical Acoustics, University of Mississippi, 1993-98
My main teaching interests are in the “core” physics courses (mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, statistical physics, modern physics, quantum mechanics, and mathematical physics) at all levels (introductory, intermediate, and advanced). I am equally interested in the teaching of acoustics, fluid mechanics, and nonlinear oscillations and waves. I have extensive experience, which began with teaching at Santa Monica College and lecturing at UCLA as a graduate student, and continued at the University of Mississippi and currently the Naval Postgraduate School. I believe in an active classroom environment in which students are encouraged to discuss physics. To accomplish this, I teach with much enthusiasm, perform many demonstrations, and always strive to relate physics to common experiences and to occurrences in the news. In addition to my teaching and research activities, I supervise the physics lecture demonstration laboratory at the Naval Postgraduate School. I have written two mechanics laboratory manuals (one at Santa Monica College and one at UCLA), a lecture demonstrations manual, and a solutions manual to Goldstein’s Classical Mechanics. I am in the process of writing a textbook entitled Nonlinear Oscillations and Waves: An Introduction with Demonstrations.
I engage in two types of research that often overlap. One is forefront research in acoustics, nonlinear waves, and fluid dynamics. The other is educational physics research especially in lecture demonstrations, but also in laboratory experiments, analytical theory, and computer simulations. Previous research topics included nonlinear standing waves in a charged plasma, solitons on the surface of a liquid as well as in lattices and sandstone, a rotating U-tube, hysteresis of rubber, parametric excitation, variably nonuniform acoustic resonators, acoustic end correction, absorption of sound by high-amplitude noise, an acoustic analog of the Casimir effect, nonradiating wave sources, microwave radiation in sonoluminescence, electrical resistive networks, bubbles causing a floating body to sink, an acoustic radiometer, bubbles acting as a deterrent for underwater mines, multimodal wave systems, quasiperiodicity, maintained oscillations, and a water wave analog of the Casimir effect. Previous simpler educational research included errors due to average velocities, a geometrical approach to sums of uniform random variables, an assortment of physical pendulums, projectile motion, raising a circular body over a step, a demonstration of the parallel-axis theorem, temperature of a light bulb filament, and a hanging-picture instability. Current research includes fundamental and applied aspects of acoustic radiation forces, an interactive apparatus that generates vortex ring bubbles, and fluidic and acoustic MEMS.
• NPS Graduate School for Engineering and Applied Sciences Instructional Recognition Award, 2010. NPS Excellence in Teaching Commendation from the Provost, 2005. NPS Outstanding Instructional Performance Award, 2001.
• Bruce C. Denardo, Joshua J. Puda, and Andrés Larraza, “A water wave analog of the Casimir effect,” Am. J. Phys. 77, 1095-1101 (2009).