Rhett Allain


Associate Professor

Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 2001

Physics Education Research

Office:Pursley 115



Dr. Allain's research interests are in the field of Physics Education Research(PER). The primary goal of PER is to explore how students understand physics. This typically leads to the development of new curriculum and instructional techniques. Currently, Dr. Allain is interested in physics for elementary teachers, computational methods in introductory physics and student understanding of the nature of science.


Here is an example of one of Dr. Allain's favorite demonstrations.



Meterstick friction demo from Rhett Allain on Vimeo.

An explanation of the above demo can be found at Dot Physics

External Links

Rhett Allain's home page
Recent papers and talks