Category: teaching

The VOLVO Rule: When troubleshooting, turn only ONE knob at a time!

        Notes from the lecture: Advanced Knobs & Needles: Thinking About Experiments FAQ: Do we need to use Python and/or am I not allowed to use KGraph/Excel? No – but the quality and completeness of your data analysis should not be limited by your choice of tools not designed for the task at ...

Prime Directive of the Knob-Turner: The knob-turner must stare at the correct needle when turning the knob.

  Notes from lecture: Colorado-Boulder Modeling Framework by the Lewandowski Group Failure is a gift. When I say that your only obligation is to be honest, I am not saying that you must not knowingly lie – that is of course a given. What I am saying is that you must be vigilant against letting ...

Lectures for PHY 451 Advanced Lab

Based on Teaching Students How to Model, I am revising the lectures for the Advanced Lab class (PHY 451). Day 1:  Introduce ourselves & fill out background material (year, classes & labs taken) Syllabus (timeline, grading policy, expectations) Introduction to Learning Goals & Modeling Framework Logbook (which kind, what to write) Description of experiments Choose Lab ...

Teaching Students How to Model

Heather Lewandowski of the University of Colorado, Boulder presented a Colloquium today about her group’s Physics Education Research titled “Engaging Students in Authentic Scientific Practices in Physics Lab Courses.” Her talk focused on how to teach students about models and modeling: which is just one of the four learning goals (modeling, design, communication, and technical lab ...