Thompson Rivers University

Mark Paetkau

Name: Mark Paetkau
Phone: 828-5453


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Hiking, biking, climbing.

Research Interests

Investigation of computer simulations in physics education.


Ph.D. University of Alberta, 1997
M.Sc. Queen's, Kingston, Ontario, 1994
B.Sc. University of British Columbia, 1992


Magnetic Low-Friction Track, Mark Paetkau, Manpreet Bahniwal, James Gamblen, The Physics Teacher, May 2008.
Small Angle X-ray Scattering Measurements of the Microstructure of Liquid Helium Mixtures Adsorbed in Aerogel. L. B. Lurio, N. Mulders, M. Paetkau, M. H. W. Chan and S. G. J. Mochrie. Accepted for publication Aug 2007
M. Paetkau, Conductive Critical Thinking, The Physics Teacher March 2007
Laurence Lurio, Norbert Mulders, Mark Paetkau, Peter Jemian, Suresh Narayanan and Alec Sandy, Windows for small angle x-ray scattering cryostats. Rev. Sci. Inst., (submitted May 2005).
M. Paetkau, Tossing in a Space Station. Phys. Teach., Vol. 42, 423-426 (2004).

Employment History

2007- TRU physics faculty
2005-2007 Okanagan College, Penticton, BC
1999-2005 Keyano College, Fort McMurray, AB
1997-1999 Pennsylvania State University, PA

Courses Taught

Phys 110-120 - Introduction to Physics
Phys 200 Modern Physics
Phys 314 Fluids
Phys 315 Solids


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