Prof. Kyle Forinash, PhD.
Research and Creative Achievements:
Foundations of Environmental Physics;
Understanding Energy Use and Human Impacts, Kyle Forinash (Island
Press, July 2010). Available from Amazon:
of Environmental Physics.
On-line, computer and cell phone teaching resources
Since the early 1990s I have worked with Ray Wisman and Bill Rumsey on
the use of computers and web based material in teaching. The three of us set up the very
first web servers for the IUS campus in 1994, establishing IUS as the first IU
regional campus having a web presence. Ray and I have also spent significant
time in finding easy and inexpensive ways to interface physics experiments and
equipment to computers and cell phones. This includes providing remote access
to, and control of, real physics experiments via the Internet. Over the past
several years I have, using open source tools, created on-line simulations and
tutorial materials for use at the introductory physics level. I have presented
our explorations in many publications and presentations,
both in the US and in Argentina (in Spanish) while on
sabbatical in 2006-2007 and a Fulbright grant in 2010.
From 1990 until 2001 I worked with groups at Los Alamos and in Lyon France
on simplistic computer models which model the collective behavior of a chain of
point masses joined by nonlinear coupling forces or nonlinear on-site
potentials. These kinds of simple models provide insight into nonlinear
behavior in discrete systems (such as solids) in general and possibly point the
way toward understanding the behavior of more complicated systems such as real
biological polymers, for example DNA unzipping during
- K. Forinash, A. R. Bishop and P. Lomdahl; 'Nonlinear dynamics in the DNA Molecule',
Physical Review B, vol.43 (1991) p10743.
- K. Forinash and J. Keeney; 'A Double Chain System with Varying Interchain
Potential', Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General, vol.
25 (1992) p6087.
- K. Forinash, M. Peyrard and B. Malomed; 'Interaction of Discrete Breathers with
Impurity Modes', Physical Review E, vol.49 (1994) p3400.
- K. Forinash, T. Cretegny and M. Peyrard; 'Local Modes and Localization in a
Multi-component Nonlinear Lattice', Physical Review E, vol. 55
- K. Forinash, C. Lang ; 'Frequency Analysis of Discrete Breather Modes
Using a Continuous Wavelet Transform', Physica D, vol. 123
(1998) p437. Figures for this
- C. Willis, K. Forinash; 'Nonlinear Response of
the Sine Gordon Breather to an ac Driver'; Physica D, 2598
- K. Forinash; 'Coupled
multi-component systems: A Simple Membrane Model', Journal of
Biological Physics, vol 28 (2002) 63-75.
Collected notes, links, references,
syllabi and other resources for courses I have taught.
- K. Forinash, J. P. Richie, T. Jones; 'Wind Chime Physics', American Journal
of Physics, vol. 58, no. 1 (1990) p82.
- K. Forinash; 'Physics 100: Science Literacy',
Teacher, vol. 29, no. 7 (1991) p448.
- C. Lang and K. Forinash; 'Time-Frequency Analysis with the Continuous
Wavelet Transformation', American Journal of Physics, vol. 66,
no. 9 (1998) p794. Figures for this
- K. Forinash, 'What
is Science?' American Journal of
Physics, Vol. 68, No. 9, pp. 787–788, September 2000.
- K. Forinash, W. Rumsey,
C. Lang; 'Galileo's Mathematical Language of Nature',
Science and Education, Vol. 9, No. 5 Sept. 2000, Kluwer
- R. Wisman and K.
Forinash: Wave Equation
Workbench; a JAVA Applet simulation of linear and non-linear waves (Does not
work at present).
- 'Skydiving and the CBL' with
Chris Chudzinski (poster session at the January 2000 annual meeting of the
American Association of Physics Teachers, 1/18/00, Kissimee, FL).
- K. Forinash, T. O'Connor and H. Sibray; 'The IUS and Purdue ELF/ULF project';
Journal of Engineering Education July, 2001.
- K. Forinash, W. D.
Rumsey: 'A First Course in the History and
Philosophy of Science', European Journal of Physics Vol. 21
(2000) p 427.
- K. Forinash; Brownian motion.
Invited talk, AAPT winter meeting, Albuquerque, NM 2005. Published in
European Journal of Physics Vol. 23 (2002) p249-253.
- Mathematical Methods in Physics: Partial Differential
Equations, Fourier Series,
and Special Functions by Victor Henner, Tatyana Belozerova, Kyle Forinash (A. K. Peters, 2009).