About the Author
The author, Dr. J. Russell Harkay, has been a Professor of Physics at Keene State (USNH) College since 1980 and at WVIT for four years before that. He is a graduate of Rutgers University (AB) and received his PhD in experimental condensed matter physics from the University of Vermont. A hiatus from graduate work led to the opportunity to work on the Voyager space probe project while on active duty as an officer in the USAF. While attending graduate school, he also enrolled in the full sequence of education courses and worked with secondary students leading to a secondary certification. He was also involved in the early stages of development of inquiry-based approaches to teaching physics, including Harvard Project Physics.

During his tenure at Keene State, Russ Harkay developed a highly popular course in conceptual physics which he taught to hundreds of students annually before the conceptual movement had taken hold. He has continued to perform condensed matter research in his laboratory and elsewhere, and developed a surface-sensitive tool now known as plasma resonance spectroscopy.

He is a recipient of the Janet Guernsey Prize (AAPT) for excellence in physics teaching, was the coauthor of a successful NSF grant proposal to fund curriculum development in the area of inquiry (Project INSPIRE), and has redirected his efforts to working in the area of physics education and authoring. Dr. Harkay has also served his profession as Section President of both Professional Societies: The American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Physical Society, has hosted meetings of both, and continues to contribute to both as a presenter of papers and workshops for teachers, including those sponsored nationally by AAPT.

At this point in his career, he has retired from full-time teaching to concentrate on science education consulting, physics education research, and continually devising new exercises for and revising his text.

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