B.A., St. Joseph’s College; Ph.D., University of Florida


  • A. Clark, L. N. Jacobson, and P. Polley, Verifying the Franz-Wiedemann law in the undergraduate laboratory, J. Phys. Sci. Appl. 3(5), 328–331 (2013)
  • C. E. Davis, J. L. Piffer, M. D. Cohen, and J. P. Polley, Applying Thévenin’s Theorem and Kirchhoff’s Junction Rule to a Common RC Circuit, The Physics Teacher 57, 242 (2019)

Patrick Polley

Professor Emeritus of Physics & Astronomy

 Email:  Phone: 608-363-2276  Office: Room 132, Sanger Center for the Sciences

Research interests include holographic testing of mechanical structures, magnetic properties of materials, classical archaeology and modern (19th and 20th century) military history. Patrick has worked with the College Board and the Educational Testing Service since 1987 on developing and grading the Advanced Placement Physics Exam, as well as training several hundred high-school AP Physics teachers.

A recent article about Patrick Polley: Teaching Teachers about AP Physics.

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