Teaching Physics

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Date/Time:Monday, 25 Jan 2010 from 4:10 pm to 5:10 pm
Location:Physics, room 5
Phone:515-294-9901
Channel:Colloquium
Categories:Lectures
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John Hauptman (Iowa State University)

I will discuss a new first-year physics major "learning community" that is a coordinated physics-English-mathematics-engineering course, and illustrate with the "Newspaper Physics" learning community that I have taught with an English instructor. This course would start next Fall semester 2010. The goals are a focus on physics fundamentals, a more robust and coordinated curriculum with respect to mathematics and engineering, emphasis on written English communication in lab reports, interrelatedness of readings in English with subject matter in physics and mathematics, and retention of physics majors. The main problem I have had is the choice of physics texts, which I will discuss.