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Ruth W. Chabay

Professor Emerita


Professor Chabay received her PhD from the University of Illinois in 1975 and joined the NC State Department of Physics in 2002.

Her research at NC State has been in physics education. She has authored, along with Bruce Sherwood, the textbook Matter & Interactions, which presents a restructured approach to the teaching of the first course in university physics, in addition to numerous research papers.

Select Publications

"Restructuring the Introductory electricity and magnetism course," American Journal of Physics 74. R. Chabay & B. Sherwood. (2006). p. 329-336.

"Evaluating an assessment tool: Brief electricity & magnetism assessment.," Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 1. L. Ding, R. Chabay, B. Sherwood, & R. Beichner. (2006). p. 10105.

"Modern Mechanics," American Journal of Physics 72. R. Chabay & B. Sherwood. (2004). p. 439-445.

"Bringing atoms into first-year physics," American Journal of Physics 67. R. W. Chabay & B. A. Sherwood. (1999). p. 1045-1050.

"Fundamental principles in introductory physics," Proceedings of the International Physics Education Conference, 5 to 8 July 2004, Durban, South Africa. R. Chabay & B. Sherwood. edited by D. Grayson. (2005). p. 124-131.

Matter & Interactions I: Modern Mechanics and Matter & Interactions II: Electric & Magnetic Interactions. R. W. Chabay & B. A. Sherwood. New York: John Wiley & Sons, (2002).

Intelligent tutoring systems and computer-assisted instruction: Shared issues and complementary approaches. J.H. Larkin & R.W. Chabay (Eds.). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum., (1992).

"Computer tutors: Implications of basic research on learning and teaching. In E. F. Redish & J. S. Risley, (Eds.)," Computers in physics instruction: Proceedings. R.W. Chabay. Redwood City, CA: Addison-Wesley, (1990). p. 290-301.