The aim of these courses is to provide you with
to learn in more depth about a topic in physics or a physics-related
that particularly interests you, and at the same time gain experience
literature research, preparing a scientific presentation, and writing
a scientific article.
My role as instructor will be to help you choose an appropriate topic,
help answer questions that come up as you research this topic,
and provide feedback on the drafts of your paper and your presentation.
My intention is to provide detailed feedback
on not only the scientific content of your paper, but also its style
and use of language. I will give you comments on your initial draft and
then reread the revised version (the latter being
what the grade will be based on).
The paper should be submitted as either a PDF file
or put up as a web page. It should be "scientific" in style, probably
an abstract, introduction, the body, and then a conclusion
and references. But what matters to me more than the precise style is
the clarity and accuracy of the presentation.
Presentations should be created on the
computer (e.g. in powerpoint or whatever other software you want).
They will be 25 minutes long, with 10 minutes for
discussion. I strongly advise you to practice your talk
The final papers, as well as presentations,
will be posted on the class web page as they are completed,
although each student needs to agree with the posting of his or her
You should work individually.
The paper for an individual
should contain at least 5 "normal" pages of text (excluding figures and
references). Please make sure
to write all the text yourselves. Of course,
links to web pages or other information are good as appropriate.
Week 1 : October 4 : Introduction to class, discussion of
Week 2 : October 11 : Finalize topic selection and presentation
Available dates for
presentations are 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, and 12/6.
Week 3 - 5 : October 18 - November 1 : Research and
Students do research into topics,
corresponding with instructor
by email as needed, and begin draft of paper and presentation.
There will be no class meetings during this period ... 10/18,
First draft of paper must be
received by me at
least one week before
the presentation to allow time for feedback. Thus the students giving
the first talks (on 11/8) will have to get something to me prior to
Week 6 : November 8 : Presentations begin.
I anticipate 2, possibly 3, talks pers session.
Weeks 7 - 10 : November 15 to December 6 : Presentations
Students prepare final
version of paper
after feedback on draft
and on presentation.
Finals Week :
The final exam time for this course is
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005. I do not anticipate meeting at this time
unless there are presentations that cannot fit into the above dates.
Please keep this time open
schedule has finalized.