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Chad Middleton

Professor of Physics

Contact Information

Wubben Hall & Science Center 228A



PhD, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
BS, Eastern Illinois University


Chad Middleton, PhD, received his Bachelor of Science in physics with a minor in mathematics from Eastern Illinois University and went on to earn his PhD in physics from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. A professor of physics at Colorado Mesa University, Middleton teaches Fundamental Mechanics, Electromagnetism and Optics, Intermediate Dynamics, General Relativity and Senior Research, among others.

Middleton is actively involved in theoretical research in the area of Einstein's theory of general relativity, particularly in cosmology in higher-dimensional space times. In addition, he has worked on a variety of research projects involving CMU undergraduate students on topics including the physics of kayaking, the dynamics of a bubble rising through a fluid, the high road/low road demonstration, on circular orbits of a marble on a warped spandex fabric, and on elliptical-like orbits on a warped spandex fabric.


Chad's Colorado Mesa Web Page

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

"Elliptical-like orbits on a warped spandex fabric: A theoretical/experimental undergraduate research project", C. Middleton and D. Weller, Am. J. Phys.84 (4), April 2016, gr-qc/1601.03996

"The 2D surfaces that generate Newtonian and general relativistic orbits with small eccentricities", Am. J. Phys.83 (7), July 2015, gr-qc/1506.03342

"Circular orbits on a warped spandex fabric", C. Middleton and M. Langston, Am. J. Phys.82 (4), April 2014, physics.class-ph/1312.3893

"Anisotropic evolution of 5D Friedmann-Robertson-Walker spacetime", C. Middleton and E. Stanley, Phys. Rev. D 84, 085013 (2011), gr-qc/1107.1828

"The High Road/Low Road Demonstration or Birds on a Wire", Jacob Cady and Chad A. Middleton, J. of Undergraduate Research in Physics, 22, (Dec. 2009)

"Kayaking Physics: The Tipping Angle", Daniel R. Rottinghaus and Chad A. Middleton, J. of Undergraduate Research in Physics, 22, (Aug. 2009)

"Solutions of Higher Dimensional Gauss-Bonnet FRW Cosmology", K. Andrew, B. Bolen, and C. Middleton, Gen. Rel. and Grav., Vol. 39, Num. 12 (2007) pps. 2061-2071; gr-qc/0708.0373