Daniel J. Cross View All Faculty
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Disciplines/Field of Instruction

  • Physics and Mathematics

Degrees Received

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Drexel University (2010)
  • B.S. in Mathematics and B.A. in Physics, Cedarville University (2002)

Courses Taught

  • PHY 160 – Acoustics
  • PHY 201 – College Physics I
  • PHY 202 – College Physics II
  • PHY 301 – Classical Mechanics
  • PHY 303 – Advanced Physical Measurements I
  • PHY 318 – Modern Physics I

Selected Presentations/Publications

  • D. J. Cross, “The relativistic gamma factor from Newtonian mechanics and Einstein's equivalence of mass and energy,” American Journal of Physics 84, 384 (2016) [Theme issue: relativity and gravitation].
  • D. J. Cross, “Completing the Liénard-Wiechert potentials: The origin of the delta function fields for a charged particle in hyperbolic motion,” American Journal of Physics 83, 349 (2015)
  • D. J. Cross, “The Physical origin of torque and of the rotational second law,” American Journal of Physics 83, 121 (2015).
  • D. J. Cross, “When the charge on a planar conductor is a function of its curvature,” Journal of Mathematical Physics 55, 123504 (2014).
  • D. J. Cross and R. Gilmore, “Dressed return maps distinguish chaotic mechanisms,” Physical Review E 87, 012919 (2013).
  • D. J. Cross, “Resolution of the Mansuripur Paradox,” arXiv:1205.5451 (2012).

Current Projects

  • Exploring the knotting and linking of magnetic field lines generated by current carrying wires. Investigating topological structures to better understand four dimensional dynamical systems, such as three body gravitational interactions. Massively parallel computation with GPUs.

Research Interests & Consulting Expertise

  • Mathematical and computational physics with an emphasis on topology and group theory in nonlinear dynamics and chaos, electromagnetism, and relativity.  

Professional Societies

  • American Scientific Affiliation (ASA)
  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • Physics Honors Society (ΣΠΣ)

Work Experience

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, Haverford College (2012—2015)
  • Interim Professor of Physics, Bryn Mawr College (2010—2012)


  • He enjoys reading, playing games, and spending time with my family
  • Dr. Cross lives on College Hill with his wife Karin and their two little boys Miles and Andrew

Academic Distinctives

During the 2023 Academic Year, Dr. Cross oversaw two succesful NOYCE scholar research projects, conducted by Emerson Spear and Peter Lewis.

Dr. Cross has worked as a reviewer for the American Journal of Physics for multiple years, and in 2020 he received an AAPT Reviewer Excellence Award.

Dr. Cross is the faculty advisor for the Anime Club.