The full text of Senior Independent Study Theses submitted during and after 2012 are available to download only by College of Wooster users. Unless listed as an exemplar, all other theses are restricted.

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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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Transient Absorption of CdSiP2 and ZnGeP2, Herokazu Endo
Department: Physics

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Chaos Dynamics in Rotation of the Small Moons of Pluto, Alexander R. Gould
Department: Computer Science; Physics

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C//, Roy Hadfield
Department: Physics

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Development of a Turbulent Fluid Flow Simulation Using the k-omega Turbulence Model, Dylan Hamilton
Department: Physics

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On the Creation of a Lab Sized Hydrodynamic Event Horizon Analogue, Marc E. Manheim
Department: Physics

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The Effects of Slope upon Propagation Speed and Pattern Formation in Forest Fires, Robin M.P. Morillo
Department: Physics

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Blinded by the Light: An Investigation of the Wave Propagation of Vector Modes of Light in a Spherically Symmetric Refractive Index Profile, Preston B. Pozderac
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Understanding Mental Causation in the Enlightenment of Top-down Causation in the Physical Systems, Ziyi Sang
Department: Philosophy; Physics

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Optical Tractor Beam: Force on A Small Nanobead, Michael S. Wolff
Department: Physics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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A Comparative Analysis of Photon and Electron Wave Functions in Spherically Symmetric Potentials, Michael Bush
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Buildiing a Setup to Investigate Reaction-Diffusion-Advection Systems, Mitchell S. Gavin
Department: Physics

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Period Doubling in Bubbling from a Submerged Nozzle, Laura Grace
Department: Physics

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Nonlinear Dynamics: Analysis of Stellar Data Sets, Colm C. Hall
Department: Physics

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Charge Carrier Characteristics in Doped Semiconductor Heterostructures, Nathan S. D. E. F. Johnson
Department: Physics

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Manipulation of Polarized Transverse Spatial Modes to Induce Non-Linear Structures using the Geometric Phase, Drew C. King-Smith
Department: Physics

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Analog Quantum Simulator, Matthew C. King-Smith
Department: Physics

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Excitation Waves in Planar, Inhomogeneously Illuminated Systems, Spencer L. Kirn
Department: Physics

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The Production and Manipulation of Nonseparable Spin-Orbit Modes of Light Under Hong-Ou-Mandel Interference Conditions, Maggie E. Lankford
Department: Physics

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Modal Analysis of Light Propagating Through Structurally Disturbed Optical Fibers, Yashasvi Lohia
Department: Physics

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Stochastic Resonance in a Mechanical Bistable System, Noah P. Megregian
Department: Physics

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Strange Nonchaotic Pendulum, Calvin Milligan
Department: Physics

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Creating Quasi Two-dimensional, Curved Molds With 3D-printing Technology, Diego Miramontes Delgado
Department: Physics

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An Experimental and Mathematical Study of Avalanche Behavior in a Critical Conical Bead Pile, Paroma Palchoudhuri
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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An Experimental and Mathematical Study of Avalanches in a Critical Conical Bead Pile, Paroma Palchoudhuri
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Air Powered One-Way Arrays, Graham L. Schattgen
Department: Physics

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Critical Systems: An Exploration of Cohesion and the Moments of Distribution, Nathan Stone
Department: Physics

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A Quantum Monte Carlo Study of Hard-core Bosons on a Pyrochlore Lattice with Six-site Ring-exchange Interactions, Catherine E. Tieman
Department: Physics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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Modeling the Optical Emission Line Profiles of Active Galactic Nuclei: Working Towards a Continuous Optical Classification Scheme Beyond Type 1/Type 2, Shawn M. Bowman
Department: Physics

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Understanding the Origin of Swelling Force in Organically Modified Silica, Evan J. Hagedorn
Department: Chemistry; Physics

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Theoretical Resonance Calculations for the Isobaric Analogs 133-Sn and 133-Sb, Nicolae Istrate
Department: Physics

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Stopping Power Analysis of 37K, 44Cl, and 71 Br Incident on a He:CO2 (9:1) Gas Target, Min Sung Kim
Department: Art and Art History; Physics

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Modifying the Virasoro-Shapiro Amplitude to Correspond to the Glueball Trajectory, Brian Forrest Maddock
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Relativistic Perturbations and Ontological Implications: Exploring the Zitterbewegung and Laying the Groundwork for a Quantum Ontology, Saul B. Propp
Department: Philosophy; Physics

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Archimedes Drill Propulsion, Jairaj Ranchod
Department: Physics

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Topological Defects in Nematic Liquid Crystals and the Behavior Induced by Adding Polystyrene Microspheres to 5CB, Joseph R. Smith
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Solitons and their Symmetries: A Mathematical Analysis, Amanda Lynn Steinhebel
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Avalanches on a Critical Conical Bead Pile: Exploration of Tuning Parameter Space and Mathematical Foundations, Elliot Wainwright
Department: Mathematics; Physics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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Establishing Methods to Track Surface Avalanches on a Bead Pile, Benjamin T. Harris
Department: Physics

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Worlds as Real as Ours: Image Processing and Differential Photometry of Transiting Exoplanets, Vanessa Logan
Department: Computer Science; Physics

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Go with the Flow: Developing Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations According to the Navier-Stokes Equations, Danielle Shepherd
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Universe From Scratch: Exploring Quantum Gravity in 2+1 Dimensions using the Causal Dynamical Triangulation method, Prakrit Shrestha
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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The Manipulation of Transverse Spatial Mode and Polarization Degrees of Freedom of Light, Deepika Sundarraman
Department: Physics

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The Effects of Magnetic Cohesion and Drop Height on a Conical Bead Pile, Ian Wilson
Department: Physics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2013

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The Entanglement and Relaxation of Liquid Crystal Shaped Granular Media, Theresa Albon
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Temperature's Effects on the Expansion Force of Osorb, Daniel Axe
Department: Physics

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// : Study of the Gravitational Interaction Between Two Line Masses, Andrew Blaikie
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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The Effects of a Magnetic Field on a Conical Bead Pile, Lilianna Christman
Department: Physics

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Optimization of BEEM Techniques Through the Analysis of GaN Nanowires and Au: GaAs, Lorenzo Dumancas
Department: Physics

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Manipulation of Transverse Photonic Degrees of Freedom Via Classical and Hong-Ou-Mandel Interference, Thomas F. Gilliss
Department: Physics

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Disidentifying Performance of Freedom, Laura Haldane
Department: Physics; Art and Art History

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The Motion of a Flapping Flag: Chaos or Noise?, Samuel Mermall
Department: Physics

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Liquid Body Armor and Shear Thickening Fluids, Duncan Price
Department: Physics

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Differential Photometry of Transiting Exoplanets, Tyler Rhoades
Department: Physics

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Sorting Spacial Wavefunctions of Photons by Parity, Michael-Erik Ronlund
Department: Physics

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Spacetime: Engineering and Metaphysics, Syne Salem
Department: Philosophy; Physics

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A Theoretical and Experimental Pattern Analysis of Electrohydrodynamic Convection in a Liquid Crystal System, Matthew Fritz Schmitthenner
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Electrons Aligned and Felines Undefined: Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics and Perturbing the Spin-Orbit Interaction in Electrons, Karl Smith
Department: Philosophy; Physics

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Head For Safety: A Quantitative Analysis of Headgear Effectiveness in Soccer, Andrew D. Sopher
Department: Physics

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ξ: Spring Dot, Philip Wales
Department: Mathematics; Physics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2012

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Parity-Based Measurement and Control of the Spatial Wave Function of Photons, Mohammad Ahmad
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Air Drag and External Ballistics, Patrick Butler
Department: Physics

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Progress Toward Using An Optical Tweezer to Make Scattering-Based Size Measurements, Matt Damon
Department: Physics

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Quantum Gravity: Exploring the Causal Dynamical Triangulation Approach, Norman Israel
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Experimentally and Computationally Determining the Theoretical Aqueous pKa of Three UV-Absorbing Benzophenone Derivatives, Sarah-Beth Loder
Department: Chemical Physics

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Perturbing Spacetime, Larry C. Markley
Department: Physics

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Rocket Science Behind the Political Science: Comparing Space Visions of the Presidents From 1993-2011 and the Rocket Technology That Helped Characterize Them, Alyse Marquinez
Department: Physics; Political Science

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Cyclic Aero-Mechanical Array of One-Way Coupled Oscillators, Katsuo J. Maxted
Department: Physics

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Manipulation of a Photon's Spatial Wave Function in Optical Fibers, Margaret Raabe
Department: Physics

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Monte Carlo Simulations of the Clumpy Torus in Active Galactic Nuclei, Kemal Ramic
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Analysis of the Correlation Length Amplitude of Nitrobenzene and Dodecane Binary-Fluid Solution, David Simpson
Department: Chemical Physics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2011

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Tighten Up: a Preliminary Study of Knots, Louisa Catalano
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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// Order & Chaos in the Rotation & Revolution of Two Line Segments, Alex Saines
Department: Physics

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Exploration of the Effects of Cohesive Forces in a Bead Pile, Ingrid Thvedt
Department: Physics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2010

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Accretion Features of AU Mon, Corwin Atwood-Stone
Department: Physics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2009

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Consistent Histories Interpretation As a Solution to the Quantum Measurement Problem, Matthew T. Gorski
Department: Philosophy; Physics

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Department: Physics; Mathematics

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Self-Organized Criticality and the Effects of Pseudo-Randomly Dropping Beads Onto a Bead Pile, Mary Elizabeth Mills
Department: Physics

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Finicky Freezing: Investigations Into the Causes of the Mpemba Effect, Martha I. Roseberry
Department: Physics

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The Construction of a Continuous Wave Cavity Ringdown Spectrometer, Henry Timmers
Department: Physics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2008

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Percolation Via Electrical Conduction, Mateo Chinchilla
Department: Physics

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Foundations of Quantum Decoherence, John Gamble
Department: Physics; Mathematics

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When Does Hot Water Freeze Faster Than Cold? Investigation of the Reproducibility and Causes of the Mpemba Effect, Joseph H. Thomas
Department: Physics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2007

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Investigation of Dielectric Permittivity as Related to Concentration in Mixtures of 7CB and MBBA, Michael Davis
Department: Physics

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Bayesian Source Direction Determination For Gravitational-Wave Bursts, Stephen Poprocki
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Effects of Compression on Conducting Spheres As They Pertain to Studying Granular Percolation, Jonathan Louis Rosch
Department: Physics

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Monte Carlo Studies of the Globally-Coupled Ising Model, Daniel Edward Shai
Department: Chemistry; Physics

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Good to the Last Drop: Percolation Through Hypercubic and Random Lattices For Integer, Fractional, and Fractal Dimensions, Sarah J. Suddendorf
Department: Physics; Mathematics

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Creation of a Two-Dimensional Negative-Index-Material, Daniel L. Tremblay
Department: Physics

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Heat Capacity Anomaly in a Nitrobenzene+Dodecane Mixture, Nathan Joseph Utt
Department: Physics

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Spacetime Whirlpools, Lisa May Walker
Department: Physics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2006

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Characterization of Beem Performance, Kathleen McCreary
Department: Physics

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Simulating the Path of a Fastpitch Softball Pitch, Angela Lynn Triplett
Department: Physics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2005

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Investigation of InAs/GaAs Quantum Dots With a Ballistic Electron Emission Microscope, Austin R. Carter
Department: Physics