SAIL Physics Day Camp
Part of the umbrella of SAIL programs in Economics, Psychology, and Physics, the SAIL Physics camp is a week-long set of talks, lab tours, and hands-on activities for middle- and high-school students focused on learning both about Physics and about college in general . The program is free and especially targets students without a family history of higher education, conveying the appeal and accessibility of college both indirectly through its activities and directly through presentations from admissions and financial aid officers. (Continued...
Science Literacy Program
I'm heavily involved in UO's Science Literacy Program
, whose goal is to
improve science education for non-science-major undergraduates. See also this link
for a blurb. Several of my courses were taught or developed under the auspices of the SLP.
- Physics 162 -- Physics of Solar and Renewable Energies. A course for non-science majors undergraduates ( Description, Syllabus, 2021 Blog post) . Also Spring 2021 (Syllabus), Spring 2016 (Syllabus), Winter 2009 (Syllabus).
- Physics 161 -- Physics of Energy and the Environment. A course for non-science majors undergraduates. Description. Also taught Winter 2022 (Syllabus); Winter 2021 (online; Syllabus; Blog post) Fall 2018 (Syllabus), Fall 2017, Winter 2017 (Syllabus; somewhat relevant blog post), Winter 2016 (Syllabus; Blog post about grading),
Winter 2015 (Syllabus), Winter 2014 (Syllabus), Fall 2011 (Syllabus), Fall 2010 (Syllabus), Spring 2010, and Fall 2008.
- Physics 610 -- Introduction to Biophysics. A graduate biophysics course. Syllabus Fall 2020; also taught in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019. See also this 2015 Blog Post, Part I, and Part II.
- Physics 199 -- Math Fluency. A course for first-year physics students to reinforce mathematical skills. Syllabus Spring 2020.
- Physics 352 -- Foundations of Physics II: Statistical Mechanics. A sophomore-level undergraduate course.Syllabus Winter 2019.
- Foundations of Physics II Series (older): Physics 351: Vibrations and Waves (Fall 2006 and 2007); Physics 352: Optics + Statistical Mechanics (Winter 2008); Physics 353: Statistical Mechanics (Spring 2008)
- Physics 171 -- The Physics of Life. A course on biophysics for non-science major undergraduates. Course description (2014). See also Raghuveer Parthasarathy, "The Physics of Life: an undergraduate general education biophysics course," Phys. Educ. 50:358-366 (2015). DOI:10.1088/0031-9120/50/3/358 [Link]. Winter 2018 Syllabus. Also Fall 2016; Fall 2014 (Syllabus); Spring 2014 (Syllabus); Spring 2012 (Syllabus). 2011: I've posted a lot of details on how I'm designing this course here; see especially the introductory post. Here's a course description and the Syllabus
- Scientific Ethics. Spring 2016. Blog post.
- A reading course on image processing. Spring 2014. Here's a course description.
- Physics 156 -- Scientific Revolutions. Fall 2012: Syllabus. Also taught in the Honors College (Winter 2011): HC 441 -- Scientific Revolutions. Syllabus
- Spring 2009: Physics 199 (Freshman Seminar) -- The Stuff of Life Syllabus
Not really courses:
Expanded Guidelines for Physics Ph.D. Comprehensive Exams
: I elaborate on guidelines for the Comprehensive Exam, especially with respect to past work in the student's field and future plans related to skills and careers, and list requirements for students whose committees I am chair of. PDF
-- RP, Dec. 2019.