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  Dr. Richard E. Berg
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Profile   reberg@physics.umd.edu
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    I was a music major in college, with emphasis on piano and clarinet, with the intent of becoming a high school band director. Because of my interest in physics, however, I took all of the courses in mathematics and physics offered by the College. In my senior year, I decided that I did not want to direct a marching band one-third of the time for the rest of my life, so I went to graduate school in physics.My primary interest in graduate school was in cyclotron research and development. For my Master's thesis I carried out basic design work for a variable-energy multi-particle superconducting cyclotron. My Ph.D. work involved compiling a setup program which was used to set operating parameters for the original 45 MeV Michigan State University cyclotron. I also carried out design work for the cyclotron and performed a number of measurements of beam properties. After the cyclotron became operational, I was also involved in fabrication of germanium gamma-ray detectors, and used these detectors in on-line cyclotron experiments.Another project in which I became involved at Michigan State was early design work on the University of Maryland 140 MeV multi-particle cyclotron. This led to my going to the University of Maryland after receiving my Ph.D. At Maryland I worked on several aspects of the cyclotron, but my primary responsibility was design and supervision of installation of the beam transport system. I also developed and fabricated charged-particle germanium and silicon detectors for use in cyclotron experiments. Since decommissioning of the Maryland cyclotron I have worked full time at the Physics Lecture-Demonstration Facility.My primary responsibility in the Lecture-Demonstration Facility is developing and maintaining a collection of over 1500 demonstrations which are used in our physics classes, along with collections of related audio-visual materials and reference materials. In addition, we have developed a number of other programs based on the use of these demonstrations. Programs include our PHYSICS IS PHUN public lecture-demonstration series, traveling demonstration programs, a series of workshops for middle school science teachers, and a large number of other special programs for visitors to the University as well as for student recruitment.My interests in physics and music led to originating a course in Physics of Music in 1972, and concomitant development of a textbook for that course and a large collection of related demonstrations. The textbook, The Physics of Sound, by Richard E. Berg and David G. Stork, was originally published by Prentice-Hall in 1982, with the second edition published in 1995 and the third edition in 2005. Many of the demonstrations used in our Physics of Music course are included in a four-hour set of videotapes, Demonstrations in Acoustics, which is available from the University of Maryland Department of Physics. I also developed a laboratory for the Physics of Music course and wrote the manual for the lab.At the suggestion of the Department Chairman, in the year 2000 I initiated the "Physics Question of the Week" Web site, using largely counter-intuitive or "brainteaser-type" questions that involve physics demonstrations. Each question is given one week and answered the next week using pictures and videos of the demonstration.Other interests include softball and, as time passes, gardening, which is a more sedentary athletic activity. I remain active in music, but my interests have shifted to the areas of Baroque and Renaissance music. I have played a variety of historical instruments, including harpsichord, recorders, viols, crumhorns, and other Renaissance woodwinds, in a number of early music groups, including the University of Maryland Collegium Musicum, with which I have performed for over 25 years. More recently I have directed a small group which we call the "Go for Baroque" Ensemble, which performs small concerts for intimate groups in member's homes, much in the spirit of the original Baroque performance practice.
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  Professor of the Practice, Department of Physics
Director, Physics Lecture-Demonstration Facility
Department of Physics
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-4111
Phone: (301) 405-5994
FAX: (301) 314-9525


    Research and Professional Interests   
    Cyclotron, Nuclear physics experimentation, Acoustics, Acoustics of Musical Instruments
    B.S., Music, 1960 (Manchester College, Indiana)
M.S., Physics, 1963 (Michigan State University
Thesis: Magnetic Coil Design for a Superconducting Air-Cored 40 MeV Cyclotron
Ph.D., Physics, 1966 (Michigan State University)
Thesis advisor: Dr. Henry G. Blosser
Thesis: Precise Methods for Pre-Calculation of Cyclotron Control Settings
    For a detailed list refer to CV (website)

Measurement of High-Energy Gamma-Rays with GE(Li) Detectors, R. E. Berg and E. Kashy, Nuclear Instruments and Methods 39, 169 (1966).

36K Decay and T=1 Analog in 36Ar, R. E. Berg, J. L. Snelgrove and E. Kashy, Physical Review 153, 1165 (1967).

Theoretical and Experimental Beam Studies for the M.S.U. Cyclotron, with H. G. Blosser and M. M. Gordon, Nuclear Instruments and Methods 58, 327 (1968).

Possibilities of Forming a Compressed Electron Ring in a Static Magnetic Field, with Hogil Kim, M. P. Reiser, and G. R. Zorn, Physical Review Letters 22, 419 (1969).

Local Inertial Frame of Reference, American Journal of Physics 48, 310-312 (1980).

Bridge Crusher for Physics Olympics, The Physics Teacher 28, 400 (1990).

Bright Point Source, The Physics Teacher 27, 494 (1989).

The Feynman Inverse Sprinkler Problem: A Demonstration and Quantitative Analysis, by Richard E. Berg and Michael R. Collier, American Journal of Physics 57, 664-657 (1989).

Angular Momentum Conservation Demonstration, with Robert E. Anders, The Physics Teacher 28, 281-285 (1990).

Rotating Liquid Mirror, American Journal of Physics 58, 280-281 (1990).

Heat Wave focusing by Concave Reflectors, The Physics Teacher 28, 56-57 (1990).

Van de Graaff Generators: Theory, Maintenance, and Belt Fabrication, The Physics Teacher 28, 2181-285 (1990).

Images: A New Physics Olympics Event, The Physics Teacher 28, 400 (1990).

Traction Force on Accelerated Rolling Bodies, The Physics Teacher 28, 600-601 (1990).

The Feynman Inverse Sprinkler Problem: A Detailed Kinematic Study, by Michael R. Collier, R. A. Ferrell, and Richard E. Berg, American Journal of Physics 59, 349-355 (1991).

Wilberforce Pendulum Oscillations and Normal Modes, by Richard E. Berg and Todd S. Marshall, American Journal of Physics 59, 32-38 (1991).

Pendulum Waves: A Demonstration of Wave Motion Using Pendula, American Journal of Physics 59, 186-187 (1991). This article was chosen for inclusion in the "Every Physics Teacher's CD-ROM" Toolkit project.
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    Academic and Professional Experiences    
    Awards and Honors    
    Taught Graduate Laboratory including development of experiments for nuclear physics and radioactive materials and modernization of nuclear physics apparatus.Taught introductory courses in Physics for pre-professional students (PHYS 121-122), Engineering Physics (PHYS 161, 262, 263), Light and Color (PHYS 106) and Physics of Music (PHYS 102), as well as labs for these courses.
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    Member Videos
    Sound Refraction - Sound Lens
Sound Propagation in Vacuum
Audio Spectrograms
Shive Wave Machine - Standing Waves
Sound Reflection from Concave Surfaces
Chladni Plates
AM, FM and Balanced Modulation
Standing Waves in Air Columns
Damped and Driven Oscillations - Resonance
Speed of Sound
The Overtone Series
Vocal Formants
Effect of gas on voice
Doppler Effect
Standing waves in a String
Reflection of Pulses
Standing Sound Waves
Resonance Curves
Frequency, Amplitude and Tone Quality
Coupled Oscillations
Sound Resonance
Fourier Analysis
Mersenne's Laws
Trumpet Acoustics
Fourier Synthesis
Musical Synthesizer Fundamentals