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Last approved: Fri, 16 Dec 2016 23:29:14 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 16 Dec 2016 23:29:14 GMT

Proposal Type

Writing Intensive

Contact Information

montfrooijw
Wouter
Montfrooij
montfrooijw@missouri.edu
573/882-8362
Physics
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Instructor for whom you are submitting proposal:
montfrooijw
Wouter
Montfrooij
montfrooijw@missouri.edu
573/882-8362
Physics
Subject Area’s Department Chair/Director:
satpathys
Sashi
Satpathy
SatpathyS@missouri.edu
573/882-4838
Physics

Term for Proposal

 
Spring 2017

Course Catalog Information

A&S
Physics (PHYSCS)
Physics
3150W
3
 
30
Introduction to Modern Physics - Writing Intensive
Relativistic kinematics and Lorentz transformations; historical basis for quantum mechanics; atomic structure; physics of solids; nuclear structure and decay.
 
Lecture/Standard
A-F (allow student to choose S/U option)
PHYSCS 2760.
 
 
 

Instructor Information

montfrooijw
Wouter
Montfrooij
montfrooijw@missouri.edu
573/882-8362
Physics
(numbers only)
Tenured Associate Professor
418 Physics Bldg
 
 

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Writing Intensive Course Information

The course will provide an introduction to several topics in modern physics, such as the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics, including their application to nuclear, atomic, molecular and solid state physics. The course is calculus based and relies heavily on problem solving and essay writing. Homework problem sets (about 7), the exams (midterm and final) will contain short essay questions.
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Face-to-face
Self paced?

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Should this course be considered for funding?
No
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Writing Intensive Assignments

Pages
Paper 1
The main writing assignments consist of two papers, each addressing different aspects of two important discoveries in modern physics that: (i) are relevant to the course, and (ii) were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics/Chemistry.
Assignment 1 (7 to 8 pages long) will contain a detailed presentation of a Nobel Prize winning discovery. The presentation may be technical but it must be easily accessible to any natural scientist. Also, the discovery has to be presented in a historical perspective, emphasizing the controversies related to the discovery. The style of the essay should be similar to articles published in professional journals such as Physics Today. The paper should have a title, a brief abstract, and a list of carefully chosen references at the end.
Length of assignment:
8
Instructor
8
Instructor
16

Paper 2
Assignment 2 (also, 7 to 8 pages long) will focus on the social, economical and, possibly, political impact of another Nobel discovery. In writing this paper, students will assume a lay audience who is interested in the natural sciences and its impact on our society, but without having any formal education in modern physics. The style of the presentation will be similar to the articles published in the science section of newspapers and magazines. The essay will describe in simple terms the discovery, by emphasizing the conditions under which it occurred, and the impact it had in the evolution of modern physics, as well as, on our everyday life. Both assignments will have ONE full-length draft version. All assignments and drafts will be commented on and graded by the instructor.
Length of assignment:
8
Instructor
8
Instructor
16

Total pages for all assignments:
First drafts:
16.00
Revisions:
16.00
32.00
In addition, besides problem sets, the exams (midterm and final) and homework assignments will contain short essay questions.

Writing Intensive Teaching

Instructor provided feedback
 
 
The first assignment calls for a Nobel Prize discovery that has to be presented in a historical perspective, emphasizing the controversies related to the discovery and students' interpretations of those controversies as they relate to a historical perspectives. The second assignment focuses on the social, economical and, possibly, political impact of another Nobel discovery. For instance, the discovery that led to nuclear weapons and nuclear power can be viewed as both having a positive and negative impact on society. Students are to think through, interpret, and write about those varying views and impacts.
first assignment: topic due thrid week of semester, draft due fifth week of semester, revision ninth week of semester. Second assignment: topic due ninth week, draft due eleventh week, revision due fourtheenth week
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homeworks and exams
0
 

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Administrative Information

Natural and Applied Sciences
 
 

Acknowledgement

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Additional Comments

syllabus needs updating
Patricia Luckenotte (luckenottep) (Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:04:11 GMT): I have added the updated syllabus for the instructor
Patricia Luckenotte (luckenottep) (Fri, 16 Dec 2016 23:28:13 GMT): I have added PHYSCS 3150W, 01 to the Spring 2017 Schedule of Classes and cancelled the regular section of PHYISCS 3150, 01. The students who were enrolled in PHYSCS 3150 have been moved to the new section of PHYSCS 3150W
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