Brian Jones Master Instructor and Director of Little Shop of Physics

Office: Engineering AR209

Phone: (970) 491-5131


  • B.S. Case Western Reserve University (1982)
  • M.S. Cornell University (1985)


My focus is on education and outreach. The outreach activities I pursue through the Little Shop of Physics dovetail nicely with my formal education responsibilities. Figuring out how to design instructional experiences that engage and educate younger students teaches me and my team valuable lessons about how to best engage and educate students at Colorado State University. The Little Shop of Physics team devotes most of our time and energy to attracting a diverse group of students to pursue education and careers in science, and this also carried over into my formal classroom teaching, where I make every effort to provide an inclusive environment that works well for students of all backgrounds.

For the past 20 years, I have taught the General Physics sequence, which is composed largely of students in the life sciences. I am always developing new examples and applications of physics to the life sciences that I share in class and more widely through the textbook on which I am co-author.

Courses Taught

PH 121: General Physics I

PH 122: General Physics II

Selected Publications

Knight, Jones, Field College Physics: A Strategic Approach, 4th edition. Pearson (2018)