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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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Seattle University: PHYS-4200, Statistical Mechanics

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.

Statistical mechanics problem sets

Statistical mechanics exams

Statistical mechanics other handouts

Seattle University: PHYS-1050, Mechanics

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.

Mechanics exams

Other Mechanics handouts

Seattle University: UCOR-1810, The World of Light

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.

World of Light problem sets

World of Light labs

Other World of Light handouts

Reuse policy. Most problem set problems are my own. I did not attribute the sources when I modified prior problems but did when I used them verbatim. The labs were modified from similar ones used in the Seattle U. physics department. Please attribute with the same system if you use this content.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: Introduction to Biological Modeling

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.