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Math Games

It’s going to be 2 in a row with regards to the kid-science connection, and for that I am totally not sorry.   My daughters are now 6 and 3, and both of them are really into math. There are … Continue reading

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What should a physics major know?

It’s summer. In academia, it’s a time to get some real research done, take a little R&R with ones family, perhaps wait in breathless anticipation of the paperback release of ones book, and most relevant to today’s discussion, to think … Continue reading

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Best. Class. Ever.

Credit: me. A simple 1-d simulation of a complex scalar field in an electric field. You’ll find this more instructive after you’ve read the lecture notes. Click on the link if it doesn’t auto play in your browser. This term, … Continue reading

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Some awesome stuff (that I didn't do)

We are just finishing up the Winter term here at Drexel. This term, I’ve been teaching an advanced undergraduate/graduate course in cosmology. One of my undergraduate students, Mary Chessey, wanted to do an additional honors elective. She developed a series … Continue reading

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I get email: and then assign it to my students

I’m teaching an advanced undergraduate/graduate course in cosmology this term, and I thought it might be fun to combine the education and outreach sides of my life. I get sent a lot of interesting questions, and answering them have prompted … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Thunderdome: The GRE

I know that many of the readers of this blog are physicists, former physicists and proto-physicists, which means that at some point in your worldline, you’ve taken or will take the Physics GRE. I remember taking it near the end … Continue reading

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The most fun you can have on skype

Last week I got a most charming phone call. A Physics student from West High School in Salt Lake City called to ask me about traveling to Gliese 581g. It seems that his Physics teacher had assigned the class a … Continue reading

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Podcasts from an honors student

It’s finals week here at Drexel, and things are very hectic. I wanted to share something fun with you, however. One of the students in my “Introductory Astrophysics” class wanted to do an extra project to get honors credit for … Continue reading

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Robot Parade

This is the last week of classes at Drexel, and I’m teaching the Freshman majors course. One of the things that makes this course a lot of fun is that we get to explore a lot of topics (quantum mechanics, … Continue reading

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Robot Parade

I’m so excited, I could plotz. As some of you know, I teach the intro Physics course for freshman majors at Drexel.  One of unconventional aspects of this course is that we have them do a bunch of numerical simulations … Continue reading

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