PHYS328 - SCIENCE SEMINARBiography - The Life and Work of 20th Century Physicists
|Instructor:||Dr. John D. Reid|
|Web Home Page:||http://www.lhup.edu/~jreid|
|Office Hours:||mon & wed: 11-1, Fri: 11-12
OR by appointment!
|Meeting Time:||T, Th: 11-12:15|
There will two tests during the semester worth 15% each. The tests will be open notes. The questions will be short essay questions covering material discussed in the seminar. (The second test will be given during finals week. There will not be a cumulative final exam.)
Each student in the class is expected to research and do a biographical study on the life on one physicist. Each student will obtain (through a library search) and read one book on the physicist's life. Choice of biographies must be approved by the instructor. No two people may do the same biography. Each student will lead one scheduled presentation during the semester as a result of this study.
The person leading the seminar on the physicist will be given the grade for the presentation. This person will be helped by three assistants and the instructor. The format of the presentation will be
|15 overview||brief background on the physicist|
30 min summary of the
|a summary of the students research|
15-20 summary of
|lead by the instructor|
A paper will be required as part of the student's presentation. The paper is due no later than 1 week from the date of the presentation. Late papers will have points deducted.
Attendance is required as it is critical to the success of the success of seminar. Each absence will result in a reduction of 1/2 a letter grade.
In addition to the above there may be other assignments announced.
Participation is class discussions is part of what a seminar is about. It is expected of you and I will keep a record of it.
The internet contains a wealth of useful information. Be aware, however, that some of that information does not meet the standards required for publication in recognized scientific references. In particular, information found on the net may not have undergone the peer-review process routinely required for formal publication. If you use the internet, you are responsible for choosing only those sources associated with recognized scientific or educational organizations. If you are not sure about the suitability of a source, ask about it.