Category Archives: teaching

Physics majors practice presentations

For years we’ve been working to give our physics majors opportunities to improve their presentation skills. We do a lot of oral exams but we also want our students to do well in more formal settings. We have a junior/senior seminar … Continue reading

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Wasted 10 minute quiz

These days I do a daily quiz for my students. It’s a problem randomly selected from the three problems assigned last time (unless it’s a review day, then it’s randomly selected from the previous 2 days). These are typically deep, … Continue reading

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Teaching driving is depressing

My son is learning to drive. I’m past the “oh crap” stage and the “but just . . .!” stage and squarely into the “it’s going . . . ok” stage. He takes his test next month and I’m pretty … Continue reading

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Relativistic Lagrangians

I’m a part of a cool group of folks interested in infusing computation into undergraduate physics curriculum. One of the projects is called “relativistic dynamics” and it really got me thinking. I thought I’d get my thoughts down here. Lagrangian … Continue reading

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F is for midterm

We’re a little past midterm and I wanted to give an update on my optics course where I’m trying and SBG portfolio approach. A quick refresher: Every day is a different standard “I can explain what plane waves are” Each … Continue reading

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Portfolio SBG

My last post talked about a way to have daily quizzes in my Standards-Based Grading (SBG) optics course. It (and the comments) got me thinking about how to do it even better and I think I’m closing in on a … Continue reading

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Circuits: find out now or leave it hanging?

I had a really fun class today. It was a review day, like every Friday, and I started out with a pretty innocuous clicker question (though I don’t use clickers). Go ahead, give it a try. The correct answer changes … Continue reading

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