Faculty Profile

David Jackson

Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy (2001)

Contact Information


Tome Scientific Building Room 210


His main research interests are in pattern formation and non-linear dynamics. In particular, he studies the interfacial instabilities of magnetic fluids in applied magnetic fields. He also has an avid interest in physics education, particularly in regards to non-science students, and is co-author of an activity-based textbook titled "Explorations in Physics."


  • B.S., University of Washington, 1989
  • M.A., Princeton University, 1991
  • Ph.D., 1994

2016-2017 Academic Year

Spring 2017

PHYS 282 Intro to Theoretical Physics
A project-centered approach to topics in theoretical physics. Projects will be selected to motivate a review of multivariable calculus and then stimulate the investigation of a number of mathematical tools including the nabla operator, Gauss' and Stokes' theorem, Legendre and Bessel functions, and Fourier analysis. The applications of some topics in linear algebra and the theory of functions of a complex variable may also be examined. Prerequisite: 211 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: MATH 171 or permission of the instructor.