Dawn Meredith

Phone: (603) 862-2063
Office: Physics, Demeritt Hall Rm 337, Durham, NH 03824
Dawn C. Meredith

My field of research is Physics Education which focuses on topics such as problem solving, uncovering students' initial ideas about physics, the role of active learning and conceptual understanding, and how beliefs about knowledge and learning impact student behavior. My biggest projects have been designing and assessing curriculum in two interdisciplinary courses: introductory calculus/physics and introductory physics for life science students. My research also focuses on helping students connect meaning and mathematics and on uncovering cognitive resources that student bring to physics courses on which deeper understanding can be built.


  • Ph.D., Physics, California Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Physics, California Institute of Technology
  • B.A., Liberal Arts&Sci/Liberal Study, St. John's College

Research Interests

  • Science Education
  • Undergraduate Education

Courses Taught

  • PHYS 402: Introduction to Physics II
  • PHYS 407: General Physics I Recitation
  • PHYS 501: Peer Led Team Learning-Physics
  • PHYS 616: Mechanics/Mathematical Phys II
  • PHYS 806: Intro to Physics Rsch&Teaching
  • PHYS 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Meredith, D. C., & Redish, E. F. (2013). Reinventing physics for life-sciences majors. Physics Today, 66(7), 38-43. doi:10.1063/pt.3.2046

Meredith, D. C., & Bolker, J. A. (2012). Rounding off the cow: Challenges and successes in an interdisciplinary physics course for life science students. American Journal of Physics, 80(10), 913-922. doi:10.1119/1.4733357

Meredith, D. C., & Marrongelle, K. A. (2008). How students use mathematical resources in an electrostatics context. American Journal of Physics, 76(6), 570-578. doi:10.1119/1.2839558

Young, C. A., Meredith, D. C., & Ryan, J. M. (1995). A compact representation of gamma-ray burst time series. Astrophysics and Space Science, 231(1-2), 119-122. doi:10.1007/bf00658599

Meredith, D. C., Ryan, J. M., & Young, C. A. (1995). Searching for multifractal scaling in gamma ray burst time series. Astrophysics and Space Science, 231(1-2), 111-114. doi:10.1007/bf00658597

Baranger, M., Haggerty, M. R., Lauritzen, B., Meredith, D. C., & Provost, D. (1995). Periodic orbits of nonscaling Hamiltonian systems from quantum mechanics. Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, 5(1), 261-270. doi:10.1063/1.166075

Lebœuf, P., Meredith, D. C., & Saraceno, M. (1991). Quantum localization on classical periodic orbits. Annals of Physics, 208(2), 333-345. doi:10.1016/0003-4916(91)90298-m

Meredith, D. C., Koonin, S. E., & Zirnbauer, M. R. (n.d.). Quantum chaos in a schematic shell model. Physical Review A, 37(9), 3499-3513. doi:10.1103/physreva.37.3499

Meredith, D. C. (n.d.). Statistics and scarring of eigenvectors of a shell model. Physical Review E, 47(4), 2405-2414. doi:10.1103/physreve.47.2405

Shubert, C. W., & Meredith, D. C. (n.d.). Stimulated recall interviews for describing pragmatic epistemology. Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 11(2). doi:10.1103/physrevstper.11.020138

Most Cited Publications