Undergraduate seminar: PHYS 212/309 [Spring 2022]
This course is listed as PHYS 212 and PHYS 309 in different places, because it just changed course numbers! I will update this notice when it is consistently listed everywhere with the new number.
This one credit course will meet weekly to discuss the latest research in different fields of physics, led by our expert faculty here in the Department of Physics.
Each week we will read an introductory or popular science article and then a different faculty member will give an overview of their research, which we will discuss during the seminar. The course will introduce you to different research areas in contemporary physics and help you find research opportunities within the department.
Class schedule: Our in-person class time will take place in Small Hall 235 on Tuesdays at 2-3:20 pm.
Instructor: Chris Monahan (he/his/him), Small Hall 326C. Email: cjmonahan'at'wm.edu.
Course grading: Assessment will be based on your in-class contributions and a short presentation. You will read a short introductory article in preparation for each week. There are neither problem sets nor exams; we will not have office hours. There is no required textbook. There are no prerequisites.
The preliminary course schedule is:
- February 1 Prof. Armstrong [nuclear and hadronic experiment].
- February 8 Prof. Yang [engineering and applied physics].
- February 15 Prof. Nelson [high energy experiment].
- February 22 Prof. Mikhailov [atomic, molecular and optical physics].
- March 1 Prof. Aubin [atomic, molecular and optical physics].
- March 8 Prof. Larson [engineering and applied physics].
- March 22 Prof. Mordijck [plasma physics].
- March 29 Prof. Stevens [nuclear and hadronic experiment].
More course details will be coming soon, but in the meantime, please see our course poster here