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Bruce Denardo
Associate Professor
Mail Code: PH/De
Department of Physics
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2952
Email: denardo (at)
PhD - University of California, Los Angeles, 1990
  • American Society for Engineering Education Postdoctoral Fellow, Naval Postgraduate School, 1990-92. Research Assistant Professor of Physics, Naval Postgraduate School, 1992-93. Assistant Professor of Physics Associate Professor of Physics, Naval Postgraduate School, 1998-present. Member of American Association of Physics Teachers, and Acoustical Society of America.
  • 1993-1998 Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Assistant Research Professor at the National Center for Physical Acoustics, University of Mississippi
  • My main teaching interests are in the “core” physics courses (mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, thermodynamics, statistical physics, modern physics, quantum mechanics, and mathematical physics), at all levels (introductory, intermediate, and advanced). I am also interested in acoustics, fluid mechanics, and nonlinear dynamics and waves. I have extensive teaching experience, which began with lecturing at UCLA as a graduate student and teaching at Santa Monica College, and continued at the University of Mississippi and the National Center for Physical Acoustics, and now at the Naval Postgraduate School. I believe in an active classroom environment in which students are encouraged and challenged to discuss physics. To accomplish this, I teach with much enthusiasm, perform many demonstrations, and always strive to relate physics to common experiences and to occurrences in the news. In addition to my teaching and research activities, I supervise the physics lecture demonstration laboratory at the Naval Postgraduate School. I have written two mechanics laboratory manuals, a lecture demonstrations manual, and a 250-page solutions manual to Goldstein’s Classical Mechanics.
  • I have two areas of research that often overlap. One is forefront research in the areas of acoustics, nonlinear waves, and fluid dynamics. The other is educational physics research in experimental physics, analytical theory, computational physics, lecture demonstrations, and educational laboratory experiments. In my research on acoustics and nonlinear waves, current projects include parametric excitation of sound, which may have applications to practical devices that employ high intensity sound, and the possibility of a new kind of laser that operates due to a parametric instability. Recent research includes a search for microwave radiation in sonoluminescence, and the theoretical discovery of new types of solitons in sandstone. Current projects in my educational research that overlap with forefront research include bubbles causing a floating body to sink, and nonradiating wave sources in one dimension.
  • I appeared in the science documentary “Inside the Bermuda Triangle,” first broadcast 25 January 2002 on the Discovery Channel, by Fred Silverman Productions (Miami, Florida). The interview was conducted in my laboratory, and was concerned with bubbles causing a floating body to sink. I was video-interviewed for another science documentary on the same subject by Pioneer Productions (United Kingdom) for Discovery Network.
  • I was interviewed by the New Scientist regarding my research on bubbles causing a floating body to sink. The news story appeared as a feature article: “Sunk Without Trace,” New Scientist, vol. 171, p. 12 (29 September 2001). The story also appeared on-line: “Bubbling Seas Can Sink Ships,”, 26 September 2001.
  • I received a Naval Postgraduate School Instructional Recognition Award for 2001.
  • Three previous articles of mine in the American Journal of Physics were listed in the Editor’s Choice: Selected Papers, 1988-2001. Refer to Robert Roemer, “Editor’s Choice,” American Journal of Physics, vol. 69, pp. 635-647 (2001).
  • My research at the University of Mississippi was featured with 11 other professors as part of the University Museum’s 1998 Sesquicentennial Exhibit on “Waves of the Future”.
  • Research in collaboration with Andrés Larraza (NPS) was recognized in news articles in Physics World (December 1998) and New Scientist (28 November 1998), and we published a “selected research article” in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. In addition, we wrote an invited article for the American Institute of Physics in its Physics News in 1996.
  • Bruce Denardo, “Temperature of a light bulb filament,” Physics Teacher, vol. 40, pp. 101-105 (2002).
  • Bruce Denardo, Leonard Pringle, Carl DeGrace, and Michael McGuire, “When do bubbles cause a floating body to sink?” American Journal of Physics, vol. 69, pp. 1064-1072 (2001).
  • Bruce Denardo and Steven R. Baker, “Nonreflecting termination of a mass-and-spring lattice,” American Journal of Physics, vol. 69, pp. 382-384 (2001).
  • Bruce Denardo, John Earwood, and Vera Sazonova, “Experiments with electrical resistive networks,” American Journal of Physics, vol. 67, pp. 981-986 (1999).
  • John N. Kordomenos, Miguel Bernard, and Bruce Denardo, “Experimental microwave radiometry of a sonoluminescing bubble,” Physical Review E, vol. 59, pp. 1781-1784 (1999).
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