During my years as Professor of General Physics for Engineering at the Department of Physics, University of Pinar del Río, Cuba (2002-2010), I became passionate about physics teaching. In this respect, I try to devote at least a small percentage of my time to this end in collaboration with Prof. Juan Antonio Monsoriu’s group from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. I am particularly interested in the following topics,

• Introductory courses as a link between General and Higher Education.

• Information and communication technologies in teaching.

• Computer-supported education.

• Development of professional skills from first-year university courses.

• Low cost technologies for Physics and Chemistry teaching laboratory in developing countries.

• Education and development.

Supervision of a Ph.D. thesis,

“Applications of smartphone sensors to experimental physics teaching” (in Spanish: Aplicaciones de los sensores de los smartphones a la didáctica de la física experimental) by Dr. Marcos Herminio Gimenez Valentin, and presented on May 16th, 2017 at the Polytechnic University of Valencia under the supervision of Prof. Juan Antonio Monsoriu Serra and Dr. Juan Carlos Castro Palacio.

Selected publications in Physics teaching journals,

I. Salinas, M. H. Giménez, J.A. Monsoriu, and J. C. Castro-Palacio, “Characterization of linear light sources with the smartphone’s ambient light sensor”, The Physics Teacher 56, 562 (2018).

I. Salinas , M. H. Giménez , J. C. Castro-Palacio , J. A. Gómez-Tejedor , J. A. Monsoriu, “The Smartphone as a Sound Level Meter: Visualizing Acoustical Beats”, Journal “Revista Técnica Industrial”, December 2017, 318: 34-38.

M. H. Giménez, J. C. Castro-Palacio, and J. A. Monsoriu, “Direct visualization of mechanical beats by means of an oscillating smartphone”, The Physics Teacher 55 (2017) 424 .

M. H. Giménez, J. C. Castro-Palacio, J. A. Gómez-Tejedor, L. Velazquez, and J. A. Monsoriu, “Theoretical and experimental study of the normal modes in a coupled two-dimensional system”, Revista Mexicana de Física E 63 (2017) 100-106.

L. Tuset-Sanchis, J. C. Castro-Palacio, José A Gómez-Tejedor, Francisco J Manjón, and Juan A Monsoriu, “The study of two-dimensional oscillations using a smartphone acceleration sensor: example of Lissajous curves”, Physics Education 50 (5), 580-586 (2015).

J. A. Gómez-Tejedor, J. C. Castro-Palacio, Juan A. Monsoriu, “Direct measurement of the speed of sound by using a microphone and a speaker”, Phys. Educ. 49 (3) 2014.

J. J. Barreiro, A. Pons, J. C. Barreiro, J. C. Castro-Palacio, J. A. Monsoriu, “Diffraction and spatial structure of electronic components of everyday use: motivating experiences for engineering students”, Am. J. Phys. 82 (2014) 257-261.

Cover of Volume 82, Issue 3, March 2014, AJP.

J. Gomez-Tejedor, J. C. Castro-Palacio, J. A. Monsoriu, “Acoustic Doppler effect applied to the study of linear motions”, Eur. J. Phys. 35 (2014) 025006.

Highlighted in EJP in 2014:

J. C. Castro-Palacio, L. Velázquez-Abad, F. Giménez, J. A. Monsoriu, “A quantitative analysis of coupled oscillations using mobile accelerometer sensors”, Eur. J. Phys. 34 (2013) 737–744.

Highlighted in Advances In Engineering.

J. C. Castro-Palacio, L. Velázquez-Abad, M. H. Giménez, J. A. Monsoriu, “Using the mobile phone acceleration sensor in Physics experiments: free and damped harmonic oscillations”, Am. J. Phys. 81 (2013) 472-475.

The following articles have appeared recently on  Spanish newspapers,

Available in Spanish only

La Vanguardia, 14/10/2017

Los sensores del móvil,un laboratorio de física experimental para estudiantes

ABC – Comunidad Valenciana, 14/10/2017

Una universidad española logra reconocimiento mundial por usar móviles en las prácticas en clase. La Politécnica de Valencia aprovecha los sensores de los smartphone para explicar el batido acústico y otros experimentos de Física.

Universitat Politècnica de València, 18/10/2017

Un laboratorio en el bolsillo. Profesores de la UPV emplean los sensores de los smartphones para explicar conceptos de física experimental