PHYS328 - SCIENCE SEMINAR
Spring 2001Biography - 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, Tues: 12-1
OR by appointment!
|Meeting Time:||T, Th: 11-12:15|
|Book:||From X-Rays to Quarks, E. Segre, Freeman, 1980|
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 of one physicist. Each student will obtain (through a library search) and at least two books 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, which focusses on at least one of the books.
Each presenter will be required to make an appointment with the instructor no later than 1 week prior to their presentation. This meeting is meant to help the student prepare for their presentation. Students are expected to come prepared for this meeting. They will be evaluated on their level of preparation for their presentation and this evaluation will be graded as an assignment
The person leading the seminar on the physicist will be given the grade for the presentation. This person will be helped by two 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 discussion||questions posed to the presenter and by the presenter an any other relevant discussion|
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 Geology & Physics Dept will invite speakers from outside the university to give talks at LHU. Credit equivalent to 1 test question will be given to students attending the talks. (That's 10% of a test.) Students can attend and get credit for as many talks as we have. Students who cannot or do not wish to attend the talks can receive the same credit by writing a short (2 page) paper on a related topic. (The papers are due on the Tuesday following the talk.) The talks will be announced in advance.
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