I am an adjunct physics professor at Seattle University. This web page includes most of my handouts from my classes there, along with handouts from other classes that I have taught. Answer keys are not included here for obvious reasons but can be furnished upon request. Feel free to use or adapt these materials.

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I taught statistical mechanics during Winter quarter 2017. It was an advanced class primarily for physics majors. We followed Reif's textbook reasonably closely. Course topics included: statistical methods, canonical and other ensembles, reversibility and irreversibility, heat, energy, entropy, free energy, ideal gases, and quantum statistical mechanics (bosons and fermions). The problem sets listed below use problems either straight out of Reif or edited slightly. Most of the exam questions were edited from MIT OpenCourseWare exam questions.

- PS4 - work, energy, heat, temperature, heat capacity, entropy
- PS5 - ideal gases, heat engines
- PS6 - canonical distribution, Boltzmann distribution
- PS7 - equation of state, entropy of mixing, equipartition, free expansion
- PS8 - quantum statistical mechanics, blackbody radiation

- Exam 1 - phase space, work, inexact differentials, density of states
- Exam 2 -heat engines, canonical distribution, ideal gases, blackbody radiation

- Course introduction and description
- Course syllabus
- Exam 1 study guide
- Exam 2 study guide
- Project ideas

I taught algebra-based mechanics at Seattle University during Fall quarter 2016. We followed Giancoli's algebra-based physics textbook reasonably closely up to chapter 8, covering 1D and 2D kinematics, vectors, Newton's Laws, momentum, energy, and circular motion. We used the MasteringPhysics on-line system for homework, which worked very well for both students and me, but had the downside of being fairly expensive. The course had three midterms, weekly labs, and a final exam.

- Exam 1 - numbers, units, 1D and 2D kinematics
- Exam 2 - Newton's Laws, vectors, circular motion
- Exam 3 - work, energy, momentum, center of mass
- Final exam - rotational motion and prior topics

- Course introduction and description
- Course syllabus
- Exam 1 study guide - numbers, units, 1D and 2D kinematics
- Exam 2 study guide - Newton's Laws, vectors, circular motion
- Exam 3 study guide - work, energy, momentum, center of mass
- Final exam study guide - rotational motion
- Equations for exams 1 to 3
- Additional equations for final exam

I designed and taught "The World of Light" at Seattle University during Winter and Spring quarters of 2015 and also Spring 2017. It was an introduction of the physcis of light for non-science majors. Classes were reasonably small, with up to 35 students. It had lecture and lab components. My real goal for this class was to teach students how to think critically about scientific problems. I addressed this with thought-provoking problem sets, regular labs, and end-of-class projects. The handouts listed below were from the second time I taught the class and have been modified some since then.

I am in process of converting my lecture notes from the Spring 2017 version of this class into a
textbook, titled *Light, Waves, and More Physics*. Let me know if you want the current manuscript.

- PS1 - waves, metric system, speed of light, speed of sound
- PS2 - resonance, spectra, unit conversion, and shadows
- PS3 - pinhole cameras, light waves, photons, colors, and hydrogen atom
- PS4 - mirrors, lenses, images, and Fermat's principle of least time
- PS5 - refraction, diffraction, interference, polarization, and light momentum
- PS6 - polarization, spectra, fluorescence, lasers, and blackbody radiation
- PS7 - blackbody radiation, greenhouse effect, global warming

- Lab 1 - standing waves on a string
- Lab 2 - atomic spectra
- Lab 3 - lenses and mirrors
- Lab 4 - diffraction and interference

- reference guide for spectra, colors, and equations
- instructions for class projects
- study guide for the first exam
- study guide for the second exam

I designed and presented 7 lectures on cell modeling at the Fred Hutch Cancer Center in the fall of 2010. This was a non-credit class aimed at graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty. Attendance was around 20 students.