Faculty Profile

David Mertens

Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics (2013)

Contact Information


Tome Scientific Building Room 209



  • B.S., University of Missouri, 2003
  • M.A., 2005
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2011

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

PHYS 131 Introductory Physics
An introduction to basic physics topics using the workshop method. This method combines inquiry-based cooperative learning with the comprehensive use of computer tools for data acquisition, data analysis and mathematical modeling. Kinematics, Newton's Laws of motion, conservation laws, rotational motion, and oscillations are studied during the first semester. Additional topics in chaos or nuclear radiation are introduced. Basic calculus concepts are used throughout the course. Recommended for physical science, mathematics, and pre-engineering students and for biology majors preparing for graduate study. Three two-hour sessions per week. Because of the similarity in course content, students will not receive graduation credit for both 131 and 141. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, MATH 151 or 170. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.

PHYS 313 Microcomputer Interfacing
A study of the interfacing techniques needed for data acquisition and the control of laboratory equipment. An introduction to the LabView programming environment and how it can be used to automate typical laboratory tasks, for example, the control of linear or rotational actuators or the measurement and analysis of audio signals. Prerequisite: 213 or permission of instructor. Normally offered every other year.