Curriculum Vitae: Guy Vandegrift, Ph. D.


Assistant Professor of Physics, Wright State University Lake Campus (August 2007 – present)

A.B. (Physics) 1974, University of California at Berkeley (Sep 1970 - Jun 1974)

Ph.D. (Physics) 1982, University of California at Berkeley (Sep 1976 - Jun 1982)


Previous Positions:

Research Specialist Associate, Physics Department, University of California at Irvine, June 1982 – December 1984

Research Specialist, Department of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, 1984 – November 1985

Visiting Scientist to Soviet Union, National Academy of Sciences, February 1984 – November 1984

Assistant Professor of Physics, Dickinson College Carlisle, January 1987 – June 1991

Physics Lecturer, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, August 1991 – June 1995

Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Texas at El Paso August 1995 – June 1999

Assistant Professor of Physics, Purdue University North Central  August 1999 – Spring 2006

Visiting Professor of Mathematics, Valparaiso University August 2006 – August 2007.

Professor of Physics, Wright State University Lake Campus  August 2007 – present.


Past interests: 

Plasma Physics, Musical Acoustics, Classical and Quantum Mechanics, Relativity, and Boatbuilding. 


Current interests: 

I am now dedicated to the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in a way that can “automate” college teaching in the way that driving a car can now be accomplished by robots.  Sufficient teaching materials are now available for most courses, so the next step is to develop an open bank of exam questions.  The bank needs to be very large, so that most of the good questions can be “hidden in plain sight” among the inferior questions (also private wikis can host various collections of “secret” questions.)   A set of formula sheets for OpenStax textbooks is currently under construction, and in this effort, submitted this collection of typographical errors to OpenStax.


In a parallel and independent effort, we also need to “automate” the grading of essays by creating an OER version of Calibrated Peer Review that uses public and private wikis. This latter effort will address the need for higher levels of learning in Bloom’s taxonomy.



1.       Vandegrift, G. and Stommel, J.  (submission)  "A card game for Bell's theorem and its loopholes" Submitted to WikiJournal of Science in 2017.

2.       Vandegrift, G.  2017. "A Solar Eclipse Activity for a Sunny Day" Sky & Telescope: Stargazer’s Corner. June 26

3.       Vandegrift, G. 2008. "The River Needs a Cork", The Physics Teacher 46 (7):440

4.       Vandegrift, G. 2004. "The diffraction and spreading of a wavepacket". American Journal of Physics 72 (3): 404-407.

5.       Bohan, R and Vandegrift, G, 2003. "Temperature-Driven Convection". The Physics Teacher 41 (2): 76-77.

6.       Vandegrift, G. 2002. "The maze of quantum mechanics". European Journal of Physics 23 (5): 513-522.

7.       Vandegrift, G. 2000. "Accelerating wavepacket solution to Schrodinger's equation subject to a uniform force". American Journal of Physics 68 (26): 576-567.

8.       Vandegrift, G., and Fultz, B. 1998. "The Mossbauer Effect Explained". American Journal of Physics 66 (7): 593-596.

9.       Vandegrift, G. 1997. "Transverse bending waves and the breaking broomstick demonstration". American Journal of Physics 65 (6): 505-510.

10.    Vandegrift, G., and Wall, E. 1997. "The spatial inhomogeneity of pressure inside a violin at main air resonance". Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 102 (1) 622-627.

11.    Vandegrift, G. 1995. "Bell's Theorem and Psychic Phenomena". Philosophical Quarterly 45 (181): 471-476. Reprinted in Theodore Schick, Jr., (editor) 1999: Readings in the Philosophy of Science: From Positivism to Postmodernism. Mountainview, CA: Mayfield Co  [Note:  Professor Yang of Grossmont College recently devoted an entire week of Philosophy_155 to this paper!] 

12.    Vandegrift, G.. 1995. "On the derivation of Coriolis and other noninertial accelerations". American Journal of Physics 63(7): 663.

13.    Vandegrift, G. 1994. "Why Bach Sounds Funny on the Piano". American String Teacher (Fall 1994) 44(4): 12-18.

14.    Vandegrift, G.. 1993. "Experimental investigation of the Helmholtz resonance of a Violin", American Journal of Physics 61 (5): 415-421.

15.    Vandegrift, G. 1993. "A simple derivation of the Green's function for a rectangular Helmholtz resonator at low frequency", Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 94 (1): 574-575.

16.    Vandegrift, G. 1993. "Deducing the width of a Lorenzian resonance curve from experimental data", American Journal of Physics. 61 (5): 473-474.

17.    Vandegrift, G., Donahue, K., and Velat, D. 1991. "A plasma source for mirror physics simulation experiments" Review of Scientific Instruments 62 (4): 2414-2421.

18.    Vandegrift, G., and Loomis, R. 1990. "An end loss analyzer for plasma diagnosis" Review of Scientific Instruments 62 (5): 1369-1369.

19.    Vandegrift, G.. 1989. "Line-tying of Interchange Modes in a Nearly Collisionless Mirror Trapped Plasma" Physics of Fluids B 1 (12): 2414-2421.

20.    Vandegrift, G., Baker, T., Digrazio, J., Dohne, A., Flori, A., Loomis, R., Steel, C, and, Velat, D. 1989. "Wave Cutoff on a Suspended Slinky", American Journal of Physics 57 (10): 949-950.

21.    Bekhtenev, A. A., Vandegrift, G. G., and, Volosov, V. I. 1988. "The Modulation in the Parallel Current in an Open Magnetic Trap Experiencing Potential Fluctuations in the Plasma", Fizika Plasmy 14(3): 292-300. [in Russian; translated to English in Soviet Journal of Plasma Physics (1988) 14 (3) pp. 168-173.]

22.    Vandegrift, G., and Good, T. 1986. "Partial Line-tying of the Flute Mode in a Magnetic Mirror", Physics of Fluids 29 ( 2): 550-555.

23.    Wickham, M, and Vandegrift, G. 1982. "Curvature Induced Interchange Mode in an Axisymmetric Plasma", Physics of Fluids 25 (1): 52-58.