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Seminar

PHYS 490/600
Spring Semester, 2007

Igor A. Shovkovy

http://faculty.wiu.edu/I-Shovkovy

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:

  1. AIP Style Manual, 4th Edition (see http://www.aip.org/pubservs/style/4thed/toc.html)
  2. A Pocket Style Manual, 4th Edition (see http://dianahacker.com/pocket/)
  3. Suggestions for giving talks, by Robert Geroch (see http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/9703019)

 

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 309-298-2743. You are welcome to call me at my office at any time. There is a voice mail if I am not available. My e-mail address is I-Shovkovywiu.edu. I read e-mail 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 (85-100 points), B (70-84 points), C (55-69 points), D (40-54 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 mid-term 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

 

Schedule of presentations

 

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

 


For student rights and responsibilities see the WIU web page: http://www.wiu.edu/provost/student/

 


Last modified February 19, 2007