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Robert Davis

Professor of Physics & Engineering

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  • PhD, Theoretical Acoustics & Mathematical Modeling, Purdue University
  • MS, General Physics, University 
  • BS, Mathematics & Physics, Illinois State University 

Featured Publications

Physics: Principles with Applications, Volume 2, Instructor's Solutions Manual
Authors: Bob Davis and J. Erik Hendrickson
Publisher: Prentice-Hall International, 2005

Career Highlights

  • High School Teacher, Frontier High School, Chalmers, IN (1982–1995)
  • Textbook Author: I am the lead author for the Instructor Solutions Manuals for two major physics textbooks: “Physics: Principles with Applications”, and “Physics for Scientists and Engineers”, both by D. Giancoli, published by Prentice/Hall
  • Principal Investigator for 5-year National Science Foundation grant to operate Very Low Frequency radio wave receiving and recording station at Taylor University, in conjunction with Stanford University
  • Physics Professor at Taylor University (1995–present).


I enjoy teaching at Taylor because I can freely express my faith in my classes and I can teach the best subject in the world—physics! Taylor students are, in general, highly capable, highly motivated, and excellent students to work with. It is a real joy to teach them, to be with them, to know them, and see them move into their potential as scientists and engineers


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