I participate in a variety of physics education activities and conferences including presentations at national meetings of the American Association of Physics Teachers and publication in "The Physics Teacher." I am also active in musical acoustics education through the Acoustical Society of America. Locally, I have presented my work to general audiences on campus at the Thompson Hall Seminars and in the community at the Tacoma Science Cafe.
Physics Education Publications
"Demonstrating the Effect of Air Temperature on Wind Instrument Tuning," Acoustical Society of America 161st Meeting, Lay Language Papers, May 2011.
"Chladni Patterns on Drumheads: a 'Physics of Music' Experiment," The Physics Teacher 49, 24-27, January 2011.
Cover Photograph, Physics Education 45, November 2010.
"Two-Dimensional Pendulum Experiments Using a Spark Generator," Rand S. Worland and Matthew J. Moelter, The Physics Teacher 38, 489-492, November 2000.
"Measurement of the Speed of Sound in Air as a Function of Temperature," Rand S. Worland and D. David Wilson, The Physics Teacher 37, 53-57, January 1999.
“Hands-On Phasors and Multiple-Slit Interference,” Rand S. Worland and Matthew J. Moelter, The Physics Teacher 35, 486-488, November 1997.
“A Child’s Flashlight and RC Circuit Concepts,” Matthew J. Moelter and Rand S. Worland, The Physics Teacher 35, 92-94, February 1997.
Physics Education Presentations
"Demonstration of Coupled Membrane Modes on a Musical Drum," Acoustical Society of America, 162nd Meeting, San Diego, November 2011.
"Simple Demonstrations with Inexpensive Violet Laser Pointers," American Association of Physics Teachers, Summer Meeting, Portland, July 2010.
"Connecting Everyday Life to Theory in Upper-Level Electricity and Magnetism," A. VanEngen Spivey and R. Worland, American Association of Physics Teachers, Summer Meeting, Portland, July 2010.
"Chladni Patterns on Drums: a 'Physics of Music' Laboratory Exercise," American Association of Physics Teachers, Summer Meeting, Ann Arbor, July 2009.
"Additive Color Mixing with Partially Reflective Glass," American Association of Physics Teachers, Summer Meeting, Boise, August 2002.
"Color Experiments of Maxwell and Land," American Association of Physics Teachers, Winter Meeting, San Diego, January 2001.
"The Physics of Music: Using Light to Study Sound," Tacoma Science Cafe, The Swiss Pub, Tacoma, January 2012.
“Musical Acoustics of Orchestral Water Crotales,” Thompson Hall Seminar, University of Puget Sound, March 2010.
"The Sound of Glass," Joint lecture with Professor Greg Youtz of the PLU music department, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, October 2003.