Dr. David A. Larrabee
Telephone no: (570)422-3292
Larrabee Merlin in SL
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If you have an interest in an independent study in a physics
related field I have several projects that would benefit by
having undergraduate participation.
- Electromagnetic Compatibility (Experimental)
- Skills: use of machine shop tools, ability to run electronic
equipment, ability to use Excel, independent worker. Familiarity with
amateur radio a real plus.
- Currently we
are developing two Electromagnetic Stirred Reverberation Chambers.
- Electromagnetic Compatibility (Theory)
- Must excellent math skills (multivariate calculus at a minimum) at at
least Physics 162 (Calculus bases physics II)
- Several Electronics Projects.
- Skills: ability to build and troubleshoot electronic
circuits, basic mechanical skills. Some ability to design simple
circuits would be a real plus.
- Music Recording
- Willing to work (this can become physical). Attention to detail.
Music background, electronics and soldering ability are all real assets.
- Music Recording Theory
- Matching real reverberation of a room with electronic reverberation
- New microphone arrangements for live recording.
- History of Science and its relationship with Religion
- Interested in Medieval physics? So am I!
- Electromagnetic Compatibility
- I am working on:
- The interaction of an Electromagnetic Waves on
- Development of reverberation chambers
- Shielding electronics from radio waves.
- Detectors that will detect acoustic signals whose
frequency is below that which we can here.
- Low Frequency Radio Waves
- Detectors that will receive Radio waves below 100 Hertz.
- Radio Astronomy within our own Solar System
- What can we hear? (First we need to build some stuff...)
Past Projects at ESU
- Determining the Surface resistance of a thin metal sheet on
a plastic blanket (like an emergency blanket).
- A bias circuit for a laser fluorescence setup
- An electrical
"switch" for a physiograph
- Diffusion of Radon through Concrete
- Phys 132 Summer Project - 1997- A Seismograph
Interests and Hobbies
- Amateur Radio - Call N3WOD
- Mountain Climbing (not rock climbing). I am currently
working on the "Catskill 35's",
and know the local trails reasonably well.
- Where did the Larrabee's come from anyway?
- History of Science and the relationship between science and
- I especially enjoy exploring the relationship between the physical science
and religion between 500 CE and 1800 CE. (see my article on the Metanexus site).
- (Yes I ride..)
- I have sung with
Princeton Pro Musica and
Pocono Choral Society,
and have had several solo parts. Currently I sing with the
New York Choral Society which performs
twice a year in
Carnegie Hall. I have also recorded live concerts you
find the details at my recording
- Classical Mechanics (especially Chaos in Hamiltonian
- Computational Physics
- Electromagnetics (especially as applied to
- Examining how physics developed to where it is today.
- Second Life
- You can IM "Larrabee Merlin" from Second life and
you will get to me.
- I like acting in the theater (especially musicals). Many
years ago I played Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. After an
extended absence from the stage I returned to
participating in the arts.. I have been a member of the Stroud
Mansion Players (performing murder mysteries) which
is sponsored by the Monroe County Historical Society
(Murder in the Mansion, Murder in the
air, Come as you
were and others). I performed Mr. Bumble in the musical
(he is the head of the orphanage).
Stroudsburg University Physics Department
- History of Science Society
- IEEE - Institute of
Electrical and Electroncs Engineers
- I and the Past Chairman of the Lehigh Valley Section
- I am a member of
the IEEE EMC Society
ARRL - American Radio
New York Choral Society
- B.S. Applied and Engineering Physics Cornell University
- M.S. Applied Physics Cornell University 1978
- Ph.D. Applied Physics Cornell University 1980
- Thesis: The Equilibrium and Compression of Ion Rings.
- MBA Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science 1993
- Post Doc- Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory
- Research: Rotating MHD Tokamak Plasma, and large aspect
- Research Staff Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
- Research: The equilibrium and transport of MHD tokamak
- Industrial Experience in the Instrumentation of Aircraft
- Senior Engineer Weston Instruments
- Chief Engineer Penn Airborne
- Chief Engineer Smith Industries
- Adjunct Professor
- Delaware County Community College (Physics and Earth
- Immaculata College (Physics and Mathematics)
- Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (MBA
- - - Management of Information Systems
- - - Production and Operations Management
- Professor of Physics East Stroudsburg
- PHYS 101 - Physical
- I do not know when I will be offering this course again
- This course is a physics problem solving
course for those who have a limited physics background a
mathematical abilities through High School Algebra.
- Textbook: Physics: A World View by
- PHYS 102 - Physics as a
Liberal Art (This course has a Web
- This course is being offered in the Spring of 2010
but will be offered in the Fall of 2010.
- This course is NOT a problem solving course,
but rather a physics literacy course. We will examine
physical phenomena and determine the underlying
principles behind them.
- Textbooks: Science Matters by Hazen and Trefil, and What makes Science a Science by D. A.
- PHYS 105 - Physics for the Inquiring Mind (PSI)
- This is a PSI Course. I am responsible for
the study guide and maintaining the questions in the
database. This responsibility is moving to Dr. Elwood this term. I welcome any comments and suggestions that you
might have. Please E-Mail suggestions to me! See the PSI Webpage
for more details
- PHYS 132 -
- I have three Lab sections for this course in the Spring of
2010. Lab grades and comments are posted here.
- PHYS 405 (also Chem 405
and GCI 520 The Development of Modern Physical Science
- This course traces the development of the ideas of Physics.
From the First Engineer to the Present. Teachers and members of the
community are especially encouraged to participate in this course. Offered on
- Text: Multiple texts.
- PHYS 411 Thermal Physics
- This course is a mixture of engineering thermodynamics and
"theoretical" thermodynamics. An introduction to kinetic theory and
statistical mechanics is also included.
- Text: Yunus A. Cengel
to Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer with supplements
- PHYS 431
Electromagnetic Theory I
- This course examines the physics of electric and magnetic
fields. The emphasis on the first term is steady fields that either don't change
in time, or change slowly. In the first term will we derive Maxwell's equations
and end the course with a description of Electromagnetic Plane Waves. This
course assumes that the student has had all their calculus courses. This course
is scheduled to be offered in the Fall of 2011
- Textbooks: Griffiths
- PHYS 432
Electromagnetic Theory II
- This course continues where Phys 431 leaves off. We will
cover microwaves (waveguides and antennas), antenna theory, transmission lines,
Smith charts and perhaps some advanced topic (depends on the class). We will be
primarily concerned with the generation, transmission and reception of
electromagnetic waves This course assumes that the student has had all their
calculus courses as well as Phys 431. This course is scheduled for the Spring of
- Textbooks: Robert Grover Brown et al ,“Lines,
Waves and Antennas"
Dr. David A. Larrabee
East Stroudsburg University
East Stroudsburg, Pa 18301
Last updated: Aug 23, 2007