Evan Frodermann

Evan FrodermannAssistant Professor
Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science

Academic Interests

  • Problem-solving skill development in Introductory Physics courses
  • Impact of instructional technologies and software in the classroom
  • Classroom and laboratory reformation of physics courses, particularly introductory physics courses for life-science majors (IPLS)
  • Phenomenological models of heavy-ion collision, particularly electromagnetic signatures

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

Selected Publications

  • Q. Ryan, E. Frodermann, K. Heller, L. Hsu, and A. Mason “Computer problem-solving coaches for introductory physics: Design and usability Studies”, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 12, 010105 (Feb 2016)
  • J. Docktor, J. Dornfeld, E. Frodermann, K. Heller, L. Hsu, K.A. Jackson, A. Mason, Q. Ryan, and  J. Yang, “Assessing student written problem solutions: A problem-solving rubric with application to introductory physics”, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 12, 010130 (May 2016)
  • E. Frodermann and U. Heinz, “Photon HBT interferometry for non-central heavy-ion collisions.”, Phys. Rev. C 80 (2009) 044903 [17 pages].
  • R. Chatterjee, E. Frodermann, U. Heinz, and D. K. Srivastava, “Elliptic flow of thermal photons in relativistic nuclear collisions”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96 (2006) 202302 [4 pages].

Selected Presentations

  • “Assessing the Efficacy of an Online Tool for Problem Solving”, AAPT summer national conference, College Park, MD.  July 2015.
  • “C3PO: Customizable Computer Coaches for Physics Online”,  St. Olaf College Physics Colloquium Series, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN. March, 2015.
  • “Elliptic flow of thermal photons and dileptons in heavy ion collisions”, 2006 RHIC/AGS Users Meeting, Workshop on How perfect is this matter?-The success and new challenges of hydrodynamics at RHIC, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, June 2006.  

Previous Experience

  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Physics Education Research and Development Group, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota (2012–2016)
  • Physics Lecturer and Teaching Specialist, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota (2010–2014)
  • Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Theoretical Nuclear Physics Group, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota (2008–2010) 


Jackson, MN 


Avid Winged Sprint Car follower (360 class) with the hometown track in Jackson, MN. I am often called the "part-time" pit crew from the other members of the race team (for as little time I can spend being so far away). 

Future Goals and Aspirations

One of my major goals is to make significant changes to the way introductory physics is taught both in the classroom and by using technology (computers). Along the way, I hope to make significant differences in the education of the students that are in my classrooms.

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