Physics

My physics teaching philosophy is simple: Students studying physics should become adept at moving between verbal, mathematical, graphical, visual and kinesthetic representations of physical  phenomena. To this end, students should be actively engaged in their learning while in class and should pursue expansion and solidification of these ideas through practice while away from class. Lecture and discussion are not meant to simply transmit information (that's what reading the textbook is about) - but rather to transform the ideas into something meaningful for students to grasp and assimilate into their own knowledge (some people call this 'constructivism').  Technology and social networks have both been shown to have tremendous potential in helping the learning process - that's what you can expect in my courses: use of computers and other kinds of gizmos; plus working in groups, reaching consensus with your neighbours and presenting your findings to small or large peer groups.

In Summer 2011 I shall be teaching a Physics Graduate elective course: "Teaching and Learning in Introductory Physics" which will be an introduction to the research questions in the field of PER (Physics Education Research). The course is open to advanced undergraduates thinking about graduate school, graduate students working as TAs and Ph.D. students ready to go on the job market. In addition, we welcome high school teachers and community college instructors who wish to deepen their understanding of student learning around various topics in Physics. **This effort has been postponed till Summer 2012**

E-mail: schaudhury AT auburn DOT edu