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Dinner Meeting/ Speaker + Workshop

  • 26 Apr 2019
  • 6:00 PM
  • Princeton University


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Gordon Thomas, NJIT

Dinner Speaker

Date/ Time:     Friday April 26, 2019

6:00 pm  Registration/ Wine & Cheese

6:30 pm   Dinner    

7:15 - ~9:15 pm   Speaker/Workshop 

Location:        Room 111,  Jadwin Hall,  Princeton University

Campus map  (here) grid I-7

Park in Lot 5 or 25 (on Ivy Lane)

Cost:         $15       Payment in advance required.

Space is limited to 30 participants.

If registration fills, please add your name to the waiting list.                

A Discussion About Actively Learning Physics

Update:  Slides from discussion here

This discussion will tell the story of a gradual evolution in methods of teaching the large Introductory Physics course at NJIT.  Over the past 6 years, these methods have moved from boring lectures and huge failure rates (with a near riot at one point) to experiments with “Active Learning”, to limited faculty participation, and to some success. The presenter will invite the audience to try out some of the learning experiments to illustrate and encourage discussion of this story.

Dr. Thomas also spoke last fall at the NJAAPT Regional AAPT Meeting at Bergen Community College.  His topic was:  "Maintenance of Standards and a Five-Fold Reduction of Failure in Physics 1"

About Dr. Gordon Thomas:

Dr. Gordon Thomas received his B.S. in Physics from Brown University, and his PhD. In Physics from the University of Rochester.  He has taught at NJIT since 2000.  Dr. Gordon is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, who has published over 140 papers and holds 18 patents. He has worked as a physicist at Bell Laboratories, Harvard University, MIT and the University of Tokyo. He has worked in various capacities at the national level in the American Physical Society, has served as an Exchange Fellow with the governments of the US and USSR and with the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science.

He is currently engaged in research in applied biophysics and consequently has close ties to work in biomedical engineering. He has worked to bring a biophysics degree program to NJIT and has developed new courses in biophysics. He is also interested in improving the physics courses he teaches so that they are more relevant to the interests of students in the class.



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