Course Curricula

University Physics
College Physics
Condensed Matter Physics
Advanced Physics Experience
Explorations in Nanotechnology
Applications of Nanotechnology 
Science and Engineering Ethics
Advanced Physics Experience

Teaching

Philosophy

My brand of teaching is immersion pedagogy.  Whenever possible, I bring cutting-edge nanomaterials research into my classrooms, and students to the forefronts of my own knowledge.  Students learn what physics is by doing real physics.   The best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in a place where that language is spoken.  Physics is the language of energy, the stuff of the world.  To learn the language, I take my students to the lab.

I like to teach introductory physics courses (college and university levels) from a top-down approach. I start from a thing that is familiar, like a cell phone, and talk about the physics behind it. For example, electromagnetic waves, in the form of radio waves, transmit information between the phone and tower. We need to understand their amplitude, interference patterns, and how they affect electrons in the phone antenna. That can lead to electric forces and currents and all kinds of circuit analysis.  

I also teach our condensed matter physics course and some nanoscience courses, such as NANO 101, and NANO 401.  I'm actively involved in improving our Materials and Nanoscience - Applied Science Program.  I am also the minor advisor for the Materials Minor, available to all Stout students.

atomic-well-medium

The chalkboard is such a classic physics instruction instrument.  In this image, I am teaching about how atoms can come close to each other without touching.   This is an important idea for understanding many things about matter, including nanocluster properties.  For example, "Why do clusters have certain densities and prefer to create surfaces in certain ways?"

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