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David Thouless
PHYS 578
Seattle Campus

Selected Topics in Theoretical Physics

Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

This course is designed to promote discussion and thought about the way in which physics research is conducted in an academic environment, and about how contentious issues such as those about intellectual property and about the reliability or reproducibility of results can be assessed.

This involves not only legal requirements, but also questions about what is expected within the scientific community.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This will be a seminar, which will inolve discussions centered on presentations on particular issues by the instructor or by other participants.

Recommended preparation

Some experience working in a research group is helpful.

Class assignments and grading

Exploration of particular topics using not only assigned reading, but also search of available library and web-based resources. At least one oral or written presentation must be made during the quarter.

There are no grades, but satisfactory participation in the activities of the course is required for credit.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by David Thouless
Date: 03/17/2003