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Richard Krantz



  • Higher Ed: Science 


Richard Krantz earned his B.S. in Physics from St. Lawrence University (Canton, New York) in 1972. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, in Physics, were granted by Colorado State University (Ft. Collins, Colorado) in 1975 and 1981, respectively. While at Colorado State University he received two Commendations for Excellence in Teaching (1974 and 1975). From 1977 to 1980 he was a Visiting Instructor in Physics at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). From 1981 until 1991 he worked in the aerospace and oil and gas industries. During that time, he published a number of technical articles and was awarded a patent for work on radiation effects in semi-conducting devices in 1991. In 1992 he returned to college teaching as an adjunct instructor of physics at both Metropolitan State College of Denver (MSCD) and the University of Colorado at Denver (UCD). At the same time, he was employed as an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department at CSM. In April 1996 Dr. Krantz was honored with the Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Engineering at UCD. Presently, he is a Full Professor of Physics at MSCD.

Dr. Krantz is an active member of the Denver Area Physics Teachers, a local professional association of high school and college physics teachers. He is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), a national professional association of physics teachers, and is president of the Colorado-Wyoming (CO/WY) section of the AAPT. He is, also, the MSCD Institutional Liaison to the Council on Undergraduate Research and the CO/WY Zone Councilor for the Society of Physics Students, a national association for students interested in physics.

Formerly, Dr. Krantz was an Executive Committee member of the Colorado-Wyoming Association of Science, a regional section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; co-organizer and host of the 200, 2002, and 2003 CO/WY Regional AAPT meeting; and session chair and co-organizer of the student technical session for the 1999 CO/WY Regional AAPT meeting held at the University of Denver. Dr. Krantz has some 40 refereed publications/presentations, along with scores of non-refereed publications and presentations, to his credit. 


Musical Acoustics
Mathematical Music Theory
One Dimensional Magnetic Systems
Physics Education 


J. Douthett and R. J. Krantz, "Dinner Tables and Concentric Circles: A Harmony of Mathematics, Music, and Physics," The College Mathematics Journal, 39(3), 203-211, May 2008.

J. Douthett and R. J. Krantz, "Continued Fraction Compromise in Music and Musical Acoustics," Journal of Mathematics and Music, 1(1), pp. 47-70, March 2007.

J. Douthett and R. Krantz, Maximally even sets and configurations: common threads in mathematics, physics,
and music, Journal of Combinatorial Optimization 14 (2007) 385-410.

R. J. Krantz, and J. Douthett, "The Integrated Desirability Function," Bridges 2006 Conference Proceedings, August 2006.

R. J. Krantz, and J. Douthett, "Circular Distributions and Spectra Variations in Music: How Even Is Even?," Bridges 2005 Conference Proceedings, July 2005.

R. J. Krantz, and J. Douthett, "On the Perception of Tone: From Music Theory to Composition in the 21st Century," Bridges 2003 Conference Proceedings pp. 77- 84, July 2003.

R. J. Krantz, J. Douthett, and J. Clough, "Maximally Even Sets: A Discovery in Mathematical Music Theory is Found to Apply in Physics," Bridges 2000 Conference Proceedings, pp. 193-200, July 2000.

R. J. Krantz and J. Douthett, "Construction and Interpretation of Equal-Tempered Scales Using Frequency Ratios, Maximally Even Sets, and P-Cycles," J. Acout. Soc. Am. 107(5), pp.2725-2734, May 2000.