Search Results for teachingtag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2021:/MT5//feed/teaching2021-10-26T08:18:06ZMovable Type 5.2.640140SOLE Survivortag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2017:/blog//1.5772017-01-24T11:57:38Z2017-01-25T09:17:50ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
I recently finished my last term lecturing our second-year Quantum Mechanics course, which I taught for five years. It’s a required class, a mathematical introduction to one of the most important set of ideas in all of physics, and really...
Oscillators, Integrals, and Bugstag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2014:/blog//1.5722014-11-24T12:48:00Z2015-01-15T16:40:42ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
[Update: The bug seems fixed in the latest version, 10.0.2.] I am in my third year teaching a course in Quantum Mechanics, and we spend a lot of time working with a very simple system known as the harmonic oscillator...
meTubetag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2014:/blog//1.5642014-01-22T16:47:10Z2014-08-26T01:43:18ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
Some time last year, Physics World magazine asked some of us to record videos discussing scientific topics in 100 seconds. Among others, I made one on cosmic inflation and another on what scientists can gain from blogging, which for some...
Academic Blogging Still Dangerous?tag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2013:/blog//1.5632013-12-05T15:18:53Z2014-05-16T08:49:14ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
Nearly a decade ago, blogging was young, and its place in the academic world wasn’t clear. Back in 2005, I wrote about an anonymous article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, a so-called “advice” column admonishing academic job seekers to...
Teaching mistakestag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2013:/blog//1.5622013-10-08T11:14:37Z2014-08-30T13:24:57ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
The academic year has begun, and I’m teaching our second-year Quantum Mechanics course again. I was pretty happy with last year’s version, and the students didn’t completely disagree. This year, there have been a few changes to the structure of...
Quantum SOLEtag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2013:/blog//1.5502013-01-29T23:39:13Z2013-09-25T13:07:41ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
A couple of weeks I received the Student On-Line Evaluation (SOLE) results for my Quantum Mechanics course. There were only two specific questions, rating each of the following from “Very Good” through “Poor” (there’s a “no response” off to...
Quantum debrieftag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2012:/blog//1.5482012-12-21T21:55:36Z2017-05-23T15:20:54ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
A week ago, I finished my first time teaching our second-year course in quantum mechanics. After a bit of a taster in the first year, the class concentrates on the famous Schrödinger equation, which describes the properties of a particle...
Traversant la Manchetag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2012:/blog//1.5432012-10-21T21:58:37Z2012-11-04T10:13:57ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
Until now, I have been forced to resist the clamour brewing among both members of my extensive readership (hi, dad!) to post a bit more often: my excuse is that, in the little over a month between early September and...
SOLE Survivortag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2012:/blog//1.5332012-05-04T21:33:00Z2012-10-19T11:57:46ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
This week I received the results of the “Student On-Line Evaluations” for my cosmology course. As I wrote a few weeks ago, I thought that this, my fourth and final year teaching the course, had gone pretty well, and I...
Spring Break?tag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2012:/blog//1.5322012-04-15T22:02:08Z2019-04-24T01:19:34ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
Somehow I’ve managed to forget my usual end-of-term post-mortem of the year’s lecturing. I think perhaps I’m only now recovering from 11 weeks of lectures, lab supervision, tutoring alongside a very busy time analysing Planck satellite data. But a few...
Constellationstag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2012:/blog//1.5252012-01-19T14:26:18Z2012-11-19T00:42:59ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
Many plays about science suffer from trying to do too much, telling a story while teaching science, but Nick Payne’s two-hander “Constellations”, now on at the Royal Court Theatre in London, has science and a scientist at its center, adding...
Me, the BBC, and Stephen Hawkingtag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2012:/blog//1.5212012-01-08T19:37:37Z2012-11-13T02:11:21ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
I made it back onto the BBC today, this time to discuss Stephen Hawking on his 70th birthday (most of the people more qualified than me are actually at a meeting in his honour in Cambridge). (Actually, my very first...
I rambletag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2011:/blog//1.5152011-09-04T21:07:07Z2014-04-29T03:56:44ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
I’ve spent the last few days in the northern half of Great Britain. Wednesday, I was an external examiner for a (successful!) PhD exam at the Durham University. Thursday, I was at the University of Glasgow in service to the...
End of Termtag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2011:/blog//1.4972011-03-30T20:46:36Z2011-03-31T07:04:55ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
I’ve just finished another term, in fact the heaviest teaching load I’ve ever had at once: a twenty-six hour lecture course, three hours a week as one of several computer lab “demonstrators”, and another four hours or so per week...
Industrial Action?tag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2011:/blog//1.4952011-03-23T21:43:33Z2012-05-18T16:50:11ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
This week is the 100th anniversary of one of the most important events in the Labor movement (at least back in the US): the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a disaster in which the garment factory’s sweatshop conditions led to the...
B/E at the Biennaletag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2010:/blog//1.4722010-08-30T23:34:14Z2013-07-27T14:34:43ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
As a scientist, I am used to my work being read by my peers, and I’ve made it into the occasional magazine or newspaper article, and even the odd TV and radio slot. But last week I travelled to Venice’s Architecture...
Anonymous Commentstag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2010:/blog//1.4642010-06-29T20:14:00Z2012-06-30T16:40:11ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
We get most of the official feedback on our teaching through a mechanism called SOLE — Student On-Line Evaluations — which asks a bunch of questions on the typical “Very Poor” … “Very Good” scale. I’ve written about my results...
O SOLE Miotag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2010:/blog//1.4562010-04-16T08:53:30Z2012-05-23T07:50:45ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
I just received the SOLE (Student On-Line Evaluation) results for my cosmology course. Overall, I was pleased: averaging between “good” and “very good” for “the structure and organisation of the lectures”, “the approachability of” and “the interest and enthusiasm generated...
Teaching Cosmologytag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2010:/blog//1.4532010-03-28T22:05:50Z2012-07-23T03:56:28ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
I’ve just finished teaching my eleven-week winter-term Cosmology course at Imperial. Like all lecturing, it was exhilerating, and exhausting. And like usual, I am somewhat embarrassed to say that I think I understand the subject better than when I started...
Exam nightmarestag:www.andrewjaffe.net,2009:/blog//1.4082009-06-09T22:49:29Z2012-09-04T16:25:39ZAndrewhttp://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog
The students in my cosmology course had their exam last week. There’s no doubt that they found the course tough this year — it was my first time teaching it, and I departed pretty significantly from the previous syllabus. Classically,...