Publications and Presentations

 

 

Publications

These are my published (and some unpublished) articles and books.

  • Classical Mechanics with Maxima, Todd Timberlake and J. Wilson Mixon, Jr. (Springer, New York, 2015).  For more information visit this page.
  • “Home, Sweet New Home – Astronomy for Students Under Alien Skies”, Todd Timberlake, The Classroom Astronomer v. 5, issue 20, 15-20 (Summer 2014).
  • “Seeing Earth’s Orbit in the Stars: Parallax and Aberration”, Todd Timberlake, The Physics Teacher 51, 478-481 (2013).  Reprint: ParallaxAberration
  • “Modeling the History of Astronomy: Ptolemy, Copernicus and Tycho”, by Todd K. Timberlake, Astronomy Education Review 12, 010201 (2013).  Available free at the link above.
  • “Mapping the Galaxy: Herschel’s Star Gages”, Todd Timberlake,
    The Physics Teacher 51, 48-51 (2013).  Reprint: HerschelStarGages.
  • “Decay of wave packet revivals in the asymmetric infinite square well”, Todd Timberlake and Seth Camp, American Journal of Physics 79, 607-614 (2011).  Reprint: TimberlakeCamp.
  • “The Statistical Interpretation of Entropy: An Activity”, Todd Timberlake, The Physics Teacher 48, 516-510 (2010).  Reprint and other materials available here.
  • “Comparing periodic-orbit theory to perturbation theory in the asymmetric infinite square well”, Todd Timberlake, Physical Review E 81, 046207 (2010).  Reprint: PT_POT
  • “Quantum signatures of non-Newtonian orbits in the asymmetric infinite square well”, Todd Timberlake and Molly Nelson, Physical Review E 79, 036213 (2009).  Reprint: AISWspacings
  • “Computation in Classical Mechanics”, Todd Timberlake and Javier E. Hasbun, American Journal of Physics 76, 334-339 (2008).  Reprint and other materials available here.
  • “Tearing Plastic: A laboratory exercise on fractals and hyperbolic geometry”, Ron Taylor and Todd Timberlake, PRIMUS 17, 316-324 (2007).  Preprint and other materials available here.
  • “Random numbers and random matrices: Quantum chaos meets number theory”, Todd Timberlake, American Journal of Physics 74, 547-553 (2006).  Reprint and other materials available here.
  • “Localization of Floquet states along a continuous line of periodic orbits”, T. Timberlake, F. Petruzielo, and L. E. Reichl, Physical Review E 72, 016208 (2005).  Reprint: lineoforbits
  • “A computational approach to teaching conservative chaos”, Todd Timberlake, American Journal of Physics 72, 1002-1007 (2004).  Reprint and other materials available here.
  • “Correlation of the Photodetachment Rate of a Scarred Resonance State with the Classical Lyapunov Exponent”, T. Timberlake and J. V. Foreman, Physical Review Letters 90, 103001 (2003).  Reprint: correlation
  • “Phase-space picture of resonance creation and avoided crossings”, T. Timberlake and L. E. Reichl, Physical Review A 64, 033404 (2001).Reprint: gauss
  • “Changes in Floquet-state structure at avoided crossings: Delocalization and harmonic generation”, T. Timberlake and L. E. Reichl, Physical Review A 59, 2886 (1999).  Reprint: changes
  • “High harmonic generation in systems with bounded chaos”, W. Chism, T. Timberlake, and L. E. Reichl, Physical Review E 58, 1713 (1998).  Reprint: hhg
  • Dissertation: Quantum signatures of chaos in periodically driven systems, Todd K. Timberlake.  This is my Ph.D. dissertation and it runs about 200 pages. It contains a fairly complete description of my research as a graduate student at the University of Texas. Feel free to download the file if you want all the details, but if you only want the highlights you might want to stick to the published articles listed above. Print copies are available from University Microfilm, Inc.  Online version: dissertation

This dissertation, and the papers that are derived from it, were completed under the supervision of Dr. Linda E. Reichl while I was a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin.


 

Presentations

These are posters and slides from talks that I have presented at various conferences.

 

  • “A body falling through the Earth: Newton, Hooke, and the History of Universal Gravitation” invited talk at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, October 2014.  Slides and computer simulations available here.
  • “The Spheres of Eudoxus” contributed talk given at the 2014 Summer Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Minneapolis, MN, July 2014.  Slides: Eudoxus
  • “Exploring Artificial Solar Systems with Ptolemy and Copernicus” contributed talk given at the 2014 Winter Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Orlando, FL, January 2014.  Slides: ArtificialSolarSystems
  • “Parallax and aberration: Evaluating Robert Hooke’s 1669 Parallax Measurement” contributed talk given at the 2013 Summer Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Portland, OR, July 2013.  Slides: HookeParallax
  • “Defusing the Diffusion of Incorrect Knowledge: Hooke’s Parallax, van Maanen’s Rotations, and the Resolution of Orion” invited talk presented at the Eleventh Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop, South Bend, IN, June 2013.  Slides: DefusingErrors
  • “Modeling the History of Astronomy: Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Tycho” poster presented at the 2013 Winter Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, New Orleans, LA, January 2013.  Poster: PtolemyCopernicusPoster
  • “A Body Falling Through the Earth: Newton versus Hooke” talk given at the 2012 Summer Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Philadelphia, PA, July 2012.  Slides and computer simulations available here.
  • “From Ptolemy to Einstein: Using Computer Simulations in Astronomy” workshop with Mario Belloni and Wolfgang Christian at the 2012 Summer Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Philadelphia, PA, July 2012.  Workshop materials available here.
  • “Engaging with the History of Astronomy” invited talk at the 2012 Gordon Research Conference on Physics Research and Education, Waterville, ME, June 2012.  Slides: EngagingHistoryAstronomy.  Simulations and curricular materials available here.
  • “Turning Quantum Mechanics Course Notes into Tutorials” invited talk given at the 2011 Summer Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Omaha, NE, August 2011.  PDF of slides and other materials available here.
  • “Astronomy, History, and Computer Simulations: An Approach to Teaching the Nature of Science” talk given at the 2011 Summer Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Omaha, NE, August 2011.  PDF of slides and other materials available here.
  • “Astronomy, History, and Computer Simulations: An Approach to Teaching the Nature of Science” talk given at the Tenth Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop, South Bend, IN, July 2011.  PDF of slides and other materials available here.
  • “Using Computer Simulations in Introductory Astronomy” (with Mario Belloni) invited talk at the 2010 Summer Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Portland, OR, July 2010.  PDF of slides and other materials available here.
  • “Wave packet revivals in the asymmetric infinite square well” poster presented by Seth Camp at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 2009.  Poster: SethSESAPS09
  • “Using Computer Simulations to Explore the History of Astronomy” workshop presented at the 2009 Meeting of the European Science Education Research Association, Istanbul, Turkey, September 2009.  PDF of slides and other materials available here.
  • “An active introduction to entropy and irreversibility for liberal arts students” poster presented at the 2009 Summer Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, University of Michigan, July 2009.  PDF of poster and other materials available here.
  • “Exploring the Copernican Revolution through computer simulations” poster presented at the 2009 Summer Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, University of Michigan, July 2009.  PDF of poster and other materials available here.
  • “Exploring the Copernican Revolution through computer simulations” talk given at the Internatinal History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group Biennial Conference, University of Notre Dame, June 2009.  Slides and other materials available here.
  • “Religion and the Copernican Revolution” talk given at Berry College as part of the Interfaith Council Series on Science and Religion, March 25, 2009.  Transcript: CopernicanReligion
  • “Eigenvalues Spacings in the Asymmetric Infinite Square Well” talk given at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society, Raleigh, NC, October 2008.  Slides: SESAPS08
  • “Active Learning at Berry College” talk given at the 11th Annual Legacy of R. L. Moore Conference, Austin, TX, July 2008.  Slides from my part of the talk are available: Moore08
  • “Is there quantum chaos in the prime numbers?” talk given at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society, Nashville, TN, November 2007.  Slides: SESAPS07
  • “Incorporating Philosophy of Science in Physics for Nonscience Majors” talk given at the 2007 Summer Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Greensboro, NC, July 2007.
  • “Computational Physics at Berry College: In and Out of the Classroom” poster presentation given at the AAPT Topical Conference on Computational Physics for Upper-Level Physics Programs, Davidson, NC, July 2007.  Poster and other materials available here.
  • “Choosing the Right Mixture of Techniques and Technologies”
    poster presentation given at the 2007 Winter Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Seattle, WA, January 2007.  Poster: AAPTW07
  • “Inquiry-based physics for non-science students” talk given at the Ninth Legacy of R. L. Moore Conference, Austin, TX, May 2006.  Slides: Moore06
  • “How big is the Cantor set?” invited talk given at Lee University, Cleveland, TN, March 2006.  Slides: Cantor
  • “Writing-Intensive Quantum Mechanics”
    talk given at the 2006 Winter Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Anchorage, AL, January 2006.Slides and other materials available here.
  • “A computational approach to teaching conservative chaos”
    poster presented at the Gordon Research Conference on Physics Education and Research, Mount Holyoke, MA, June 2004.  Slides: GRC04
  • “Schrodinger’s Cat and Quantum Reality”
    talk given to the Berry College Religion and Philosophy Club, Mount Berry, GA, April 2004.  Slides: QuantumReality
  • “Teaching chaos theory to undergraduate physics majors”
    talk given at the Annual Meeting of the Georgia Academy of Science, Mount Berry, GA, March 2004.
  • “Quantum-classical correspondence in driven open quantum systems” invited talk given at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, January 2004.  Slides: VandyTalk
  • “Correlation of photodetachment rate and Lyapunov exponent for a scarred resonance state” poster and talk given at the International Conference on Dynamical Chaos in Classical and Quantum Physics, Novosibirsk, Russia, August 2003.  Slides: NovosibirskTalk.  Poster: NovosibirskPoster
  • “Correlation of photodetachment rate and Lyapunov exponent for a scarred resonance state” talk given at the Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society, Auburn, AL, November 2002.  Slides: SESAPS02
  • “Resonance creation and periodic orbits” poster presented at the International Conference on Quantum Chaos, Cocoyoc, Mexico, July 2001.
  • “Delocalization and superscars in the driven square well” poster presented at the International Conference on Quantum Chaos, Cocoyoc, Mexico, July 2001.
  • “Resonance creation and periodic orbits” talk given at the Meeting of the Texas Section of the American Physical Society, Houston, TX, October 2000.  Slides: TxSecAPS00
  • “Delocalization and harmonic generation in the driven square well”
    poster presented at the Centennial Meeting of the American Physical Society, Atlanta, GA, March 1999.  Poster: CentennialPoster