>Modern Physics screencasting update again


This week we’re having our first exam. The oral part was yesterday and they did very well. The format is the following:

  • All 5 (yes, I know, only 5) students take the oral together
  • Each student gets 10 minutes to complete a problem on the board.
    • The problems are chosen from homework problems and derivations in the book
    • There are five possible problems so all are done by someone
    • If they get stuck it costs them 5 points (out of a total of 100) to get unstuck by me
  • They then answer one follow up question from each of their classmates.
    • In the end they all ask 4 questions worth 5 points each (if I don’t like the question, they don’t get the points

Each of the problems that they had to do could be found on Blackboard as a screencast. Four were homework problems that were found under the solutions folder and one was the Bohr derivation that I did as a supplemental material screencast when I covered Bohr.

I gather they studied by watching the screencasts because they did very well. Tomorrow is the written test so we’ll see how well they’re learning using this approach.

About Andy Rundquist

Professor of physics at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN
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