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Physics Colloquium: Prof. Jill Marshall, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, UT-Austin

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 4:15 PM (CDT)
Location: RLM 4.102

Physics Colloquium

Prof. Jill Marshall, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, UT-Austin

"Mastery of Physics: Understanding vs. Doing"

4:15pm, The John A. Wheeler Lecture Hall (RLM 4.102)

Coffee and cookies will be served at 4:00pm in RLM 4.102

Host: Prof. Marder


The physics curriculum for non-majors is being examined at a national level, with the goal of determining what physics is most important for those who will not go on to become physicists. The issue is particularly critical in the case of future high school science teachers. High school teachers in Texas are eligible, and often required, to teach physics with a Composite Science certification, despite the fact that this certification can be earned by taking only 8 hours of physics at the university level. We need to optimize what they learn in those 8 hours. This requires that we first decide what it is that they should learn. My talk will discuss learning goals for non-majors, focusing on future teachers. Do they need concepts? Skills? Something else? To inform the discussion, I will present results of two studies I have conducted of future math and science teachers from the UTeach program here at UT Austin, and their understanding of the physics they might be expected to teach.

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First out of the Solar System
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The Instability of the de Sitter Vacuum
April 17 12:30 RLM 13.202
The fractional quantum Hall regime in graphene
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Transport Processes in Bose-Einstein Condensates
April 17 16:00 RLM 11.204
Single-shot optical visualization of laser plasma accelerators
April 18 10:00 RLM 11.204
Helium Charge Exchange Recombination Spectroscopy on Alcator C-Mod Tokamak
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Got Chaos? Extracting Business Intelligence from Email with Natural Language Processing and Dynamics Graph Analysis
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How to derail turbulent saturation: destroying zonal flows through magnetic fluctuations
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McNair Scholars
April 18 16:00 RLM 7.104
Magnetically focused molecular beams - developing ultra-sensitive tools for surface science
April 21 14:00 RLM 9.222
Holographic studies of thermalization and dissipation in strongly coupled theories
April 22 17:00 RLM 7.104
Title TBA
April 24 14:00 RLM 9.222
Single Field Inflation: Observables and Constraints
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Negative compressibility and supercapacitors
April 25 16:00 RLM 7.104
Title TBA
May 1 14:00 RLM 7.104
Aspects of Nonabelian (0,2) GLSM
May 1 15:30 RLM 7.104
Prospects and Challenges of Neutral Atom Quantum Simulation
May 2 16:00 RLM 7.104
Title TBA