Marty Johnston portrait

Marty Johnston

Professor of Physics and Department Chair
Degree
University of California, Riverside, CA
Ph.D. Physics, December 1993
M.S. Physics, December 1989

Walla Walla College, College Place, WA
B.S. Physics, June 1987
Office
OWS 160A
Phone
(651) 962-5214
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5214
Fax
(651) 962-5209
Mail
Mail Stop OWS 153
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105-1080

I am fascinated by the search for order in disorder. Is chaos just a random state or is there an underlying structure just lurking in the shadows? My research centers on the search for invariant structures in chaotic systems. The nonlinear systems that I study are governed by classical mechanics but produce very complicated behaviors. When studied in the time-domain they tend to exhibit behavior that is very difficult to characterize. Even using tools such as spectral analysis does not lead to a very clear understanding of the system dynamics. Other tools such as Poincare diagrams, Lyapunov exponents and fractal dimensions give hints to structures that are missing in the conventional view but there is along ways to go  For more details on the projects my students and I are working on visit my research site.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
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PHYS 111 - 02 Classical Physics I M - W - F - - 0935 - 1200 FDC 317
CRN: 20253 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Martin E. Johnston This course and its continuation PHYS 112 serve as a two-semester introduction to classical physics. Applications are chosen that focus on engineering and the physical sciences. Topics include principles of classical mechanics: vectors, kinematics, particle and rigid body rotational dynamics and statics; conservation laws; and thermodynamics. The course meets three times a week for two consecutive periods consisting of integrated lecture, discussion and laboratory. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in MATH 109 or MATH 113. NOTE: Students who receive credit for PHYS 111 may not receive credit for PHYS 109.

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PHYS 111 - 04 Classical Physics I M - W - F - - 1215 - 1440 FDC 317
CRN: 20693 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Martin E. Johnston This course and its continuation PHYS 112 serve as a two-semester introduction to classical physics. Applications are chosen that focus on engineering and the physical sciences. Topics include principles of classical mechanics: vectors, kinematics, particle and rigid body rotational dynamics and statics; conservation laws; and thermodynamics. The course meets three times a week for two consecutive periods consisting of integrated lecture, discussion and laboratory. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in MATH 109 or MATH 113. NOTE: Students who receive credit for PHYS 111 may not receive credit for PHYS 109.

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