SYLLABUS Senior Honors Seminar (Physics 485) Autumn 2009
Physics 485, Autumn 2009
Senior Honors Seminar
Prof. Leslie J Rosenberg
Department of Physics
University of Washington
Physics and Astronomy Building, room C503
phone 206 221-5856
Office Hours: Wednesdays 10-11am and by appointment
Feel free to come by my office any time, you're always welcome. During office hours, you are guaranteed to have my undiluted attention. You may also contact me by phone or email. Please note I typically respond to emails when I come in to my office in the morning and before I leave in the early evening.
The web site for this course is http://faculty.washington.edu/ljrberg/AUT09_PHYS485/home.html
Course meeting times and location
Physics 485 (Honors Seminar) meets Thursdays 12:30am-2:20pm in PAB room C521.The course will rarely use the second course hour. Hence, you'll likely be able to attend other second-hour courses without conflict. To do this, you'll have to file Registraction Transaction Form/Time Conflict in order to register in both courses.
This is a supervised, independent study of topics of current interest in Physics. The focus this quarter will be the connections between cosmology and other branches of physics. These connections are the focus of an influential NRC study, "Connecting Quarks to the Cosmos: Eleven Science Questions for the New Century." You can see the report text on the National Academies web site.
The eleven questions are:
This NRC report was published in 2003. Since then, there has been progress towards answering these questions.
Each student will pick one question as their focus for the quarter.
You'll give two short presentations to the class, the first an overview of the subject-question.
The second a recent measurement or study that advances the field. At the end of the quarter, each student will submit a written description of their study topic, with focus on recent advances and future directions.
Give two 20 minute talks to the class on your topic. The talk should be in electronic form (PowerPoint or PDF).
Class attendance 10%
Class participation 10%
Colloquium attendance 10%
Talk: overview 20%
Talk: recent result 20%
Paper: future directions 30%
75% corresponds to a grade of 3.5
There is no final exam.
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