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Seminar PHYS 490/600 
Days: 
Monday 
Time: 
PHYS 490: 4:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. PHYS 600: 5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. 

Location: 
CURRENS 205 
Overview: This seminar will include reading, discussion and critical analysis of selected topics in physics. It will be required for students to give oral presentations and write a short paper on a chosen topic.
Objectives: The purpose of this course to develop oral and written presentation skills on research topics of interest.
There is no specific textbook for this course, but the following sources are recommended:
Attendance policy:
Attendance is required. Students are responsible for all material presented in
class and for all changes to the schedule or plans which are announced in
class.
My office is Currens 305. My office telephone number is 3092982743. You are welcome to call me at my office at any time. There is a voice mail if I am not available. My email address is IShovkovywiu.edu. I read email daily during weekdays.
Office hours will be on Wednesday and Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In addition, you can make appointments with me.
Prerequisites: ENG 280/None.
The final grade for this course will be based on the evaluation of the oral presentations in class, as well as a written paper on a chosen topic. My default plan is to use the following table for determining the maximum number of points for each category:
Oral presentation(s) 
60 
Paper 
40 
TOTAL 
100 
together with the following grade ranges:
A (85100 points), B (7084 points), C (5569 points), D (4054 points), F (<39 points)
Oral presentation(s). Each student is expected to give about two oral presentations in class on a topic of his/her choice. The presentations should be about 20 to 30 minutes long. These presentations will be evaluated by the instructor and by the other students in class.
Paper. Each student will be required to write a paper on a chosen topic (to be approved by the instructor). The maximum score for the paper is 40 points. The paper should be written clearly and should be structured properly. The presentation of material should be logical and demonstrate the sufficient knowledge of physics discussed. A hard copy of the paper (together with an electronic file) is due not later than the last day of classes (May 4, 2007).
Tentative schedule
The exact schedule for lectures and presentations will depend on too many unknowns (e.g., number of students in class, level of difficulty of chosen topics, and the quality of oral presentations). The following is my best guess as of now (January 2007). Please note that there will be no midterm exams and no formal final exam. The purpose of a written paper is the same as the final exam.
Dates 
Tentative description of
topics to be covered 

from 
To 

Jan. 22, 2007 
Feb. 19, 2007 
Several introductory lectures, discussion of the evaluation criteria, examples, etc. 
Feb. 26, 2007 
Mar. 5, 2007 
First two presentations by students 
Mar. 12 – 16,
2007 
Spring break 

Mar. 19, 2007 
Apr. 30, 2007 
Other presentations by students 
April 30, 2007 
Due date for a written paper on a chosen
topic 
Date 
Speaker
(PHYS 490) 
Speaker
(PHYS 600) 
Feb. 26, 2007 
KEITH P. PELLETIER 
KIRAN K. BARAL 
Mar. 5, 2007 
JOSEPH L. WIEWEL 
MYO M. THEIN 
Mar. 19, 2007 
BRYAN G. HECOX 
KYAW ZIN LATT 
Mar. 26, 2007 
ANDREW K. JOHNSON 
MADHAVA P. ARYAL 
Apr. 2, 2007 
NAYSUNEE M. BUCKNER 
HIMALI KALAKHETY 
Apr. 9, 2007 
PATRIC SZCZYPINSKI 
THOMAS J. TOPEL 
Apr. 16, 2007 

RYAN SOTELO 
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Last
modified February 19, 2007