Mairin Hynes

Kathryn (Mairin) Hynes

Senior Lecturer in Physics
PhD, Washington University
research interests:
  • Physics Education
  • Pedagogy
  • Space Sciences

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
  • CB 1105
  • One Brookings Drive
  • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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Mairin Hynes's research focuses on analyzing students' conceptual understanding, problem-solving methods, and attitudes towards physics in order to enhance the Introductory Physics courses and laboratories.

She works to implement and quantitatively evaluate new pedagogical methods, including those from physics education researchers and cognitive psychologists. These data allow her to better understand and improve the way students approach and think about problem-solving.


Selected Recent Publications 

  • "Dissociative conceptual and quantitative problem-solving outcomes across interactive engagement and traditional format introductory physics." McDaniel, Mark A.; Stoen, Siera M.; Frey, Regina F.; et al.  Physical Review Physics Education Research, 12, UNSP 020141
  • "Multiyear, multi-instructor evaluation of a large-class interactive-engagement curriculum. Cahill, Michael J.; Hynes, K. Mairin; Trousil, Rebecca; et al. Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 10, 020101

recent courses

Physics I (Physics 197)

Calculus-based introduction to the central concepts, laws, and structure of physics, presented in an active learning environment. A daily regimen of homework and reading, as well as weekly homework assignments, small group problem-solving exercises, and active class participation are integral parts of this course. Topics include kinematics, Newton's laws, energy, linear momentum, angular momentum, the conservation laws, gravitational force, harmonic motion, wave motion and interference, sound, and special relativity.

    Physics II (Physics 198)

    Continuation of Physics 197. Calculus-based introduction to the central concepts, laws, and structure of physics, presented in an active learning environment. A daily regimen of homework and reading, as well as weekly homework assignments, small group problem-solving exercises, and active class participation are integral parts of this course. Topics include electricity and magnetism, waves, quantum mechanics, and nuclear physics.