Randy Knight

Professor Emeritus
Department of Physics
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo CA 93407
Randy Knight is Professor Emeritus of Physics at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Previously, he was on the faculty at The Ohio State University. He is the author of Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach (Pearson, 2016), a calculus-based introductory physics text that incorporates the results of physics education research, and the algebra-based College Physics: A Strategic Approach (Pearson, 2014).

Learn about his passive-solar,
strawbale house and its performance data.

Randy is Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the
Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County.
He is also on the National Advisory Board of the
Union of Concerned Scientists.

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  • B.S., Washington University, St. Louis, 1972
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1979
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • Past Chair, APS Forum on Education
  • Member, APS Committee on Education
  • Physics education, atomic physics, laser spectroscopy, environmental science