University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Calendar

Tuesday, April 16th 2019
11:15 am:
Speaker: Joe Redish, University of Maryland, College Park
Subject:  Learning Each Other's Ropes: Negotiating interdisciplinary authenticity
Please note the date, time and room change of this seminar for this week only.

Very few students who take introductory physics are physics majors.
They major in Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or
Architecture to name a few of the many disciplines represented in the
introductory physics class. All of these students are required to
take physics which is viewed by the faculty of those disciplines as
useful, an outlook often not shared by their students. This seminar
will discuss the communication difficulty between physics and other
STEM fields that impacts any attempt to redesign introductory physics
courses that build closer links to students’ major fields. My recent
experience has been in building a physics course for Biology majors.
In doing so, I have been engaged in a multiyear conversation with a
biologist interested in including more physics in his biology course.
These extended discussions have led us both to a deeper understanding
of each other's discipline and to significant changes in the way we
each think about and present our classes.

Faculty Host: Kenneth Heller

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