Courses

I have taught a total of 16 different courses during my time at UOIT, not including the fourth year thesis course or the (no longer offered) Directed Studies course. These courses ranged from large enrolment first year courses (PHY 1010U and 1020U) to very small fourth year courses (PHY 4020U and others), from science elective courses (SCIE 1900U Astronomy) to courses designed for other Faculties (PHY 1810U Physics for Health Science). That I am able to teach such a wide variety, using different teaching styles and methods, highlights my broad skill set and overall ability as a teacher.

The courses are listed below, with some basic information about them included. Typical duties for large-enrolment first year courses includes giving lectures, designing tutorials, training and supervising teaching assistants, writing midterms and examinations, designing assignments, and overall management of the course. Duties typical at upper year courses are similar, although there are usually no TAs to supervise (maybe a marker, though).

List of All Courses

PHY 1010U Physics I  (Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012)
A large-enrolment, calculus-based introduction to physics, including motion and mechanics. This material is similar to high school physics, but deeper and presented at a faster pace. In 2012, I completely redesigned the delivery method of this course (using Peer Instruction) to bring it in line with recommendations from current physics education research. Since this course is taught to engineering students, I am also responsible for helping with Engineering Accreditation visits. Dr. Rupinder Brar and I have frequently (but not always) taught this course together, where we split the sections (there are now four sections of this course offered, each capped at 250 students) among us. In those cases, we each teach our separate section, but collaborate on tutorials, assignments, and the final examination.

PHY 1010U Physics II  (Winter 2008, Winter 2010, Winter 2011, Winter 2012, Winter 2013, Winter 2014)
A large-enrolment, calculus-based introduction to physics, continuing from Physics I, and including electricity and magnetism. This material is mathematically and conceptually more difficult than Physics I, and includes calculus in a much greater amount. In 2013, I completely redesigned the delivery method of this course (using Peer Instruction) to bring it in line with recommendations from current physics education research.

PHY 1030U Introductory Physics  (previously Physics for Biosciences I) (Fall 2007, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2013)
A "gentler" introduction to physics, including motion and mechanics. Although the topics are generally the same s PHY 1010U Physics I, the pace is slower and the use of calculus follows MATH 1000U, which is a co-requisite of the course. In 2011, I completely redesigned the delivery method of this course (using Peer Instruction) to bring it in line with recommendations from current physics education research. Enrolment is typically around 100 students.

PHY 1040U Physics for Biosciences  (previously Physics for Biosciences II) (Winter 2008, Winter 2009)
Physics with an emphasis on the biosciences. The material focuses on electricity and magnetism, parallel to PHY 1020U Physics II, but includes examples and dedicated material as well as labs for the biosciences. Enrolment is typically around 120 students.

PHY 1810U Physics for Health Sciences  (Winter 2012, Winter 2013)
Physics of the human body, including motion, forces, joints, energy, the lungs and gases, and fluids. Designed for students from the Faculty of Health Sciences.

PHY 2010U Electricity and Magnetism I  (Fall 2009)
Electrostatics and magnetostatics. This is an advanced course, originally taught in the fall term of the second year, now taught in the winter (after students have had Calculus III). Enrolment is typically 15 - 20 students.

PHY 2020U Electricity and Magnetism II  (Winter 2010)
Electrodynamics and electromagnetic waves. This is a continuing course from PHY 2010U, and is now taught at the third year level. Enrolment is typically around 10 - 15 students.

PHY 2030U Mechanics I  (Fall 2008)
Newtonian mechanics, oscillations, chaos, gravity. This is a second year course, with an enrolment of 20 - 30 students; it is a pre-requisite for many higher level courses and Concurrent Education students usually take this course. Students are introduced to numerical techniques specific to physics for the first time here.

PHY 2040U Mechanics II  (Winter 2014)
Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics, celestial mechanics, solid body dynamics. A continuation of PHY 2030U; enrolment is usually 10 - 15 students.

PHY 2060U Modern Physics  (previously Nuclear Physics and Relativity) (Fall 2013)
Relativity, early quantum physics, 1-D quantum mechanics, the hydrogen atom, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics. This course had been previously taught by the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science; it now forms an important part of our goals toward retention and a better overall physics program. I was responsible for designing the course in part, and am currently implementing the design in its first year now. Enrolment is 20 students.

PHY 3020U Quantum Mechanics I  (Fall 2007 , Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013)
Early quantum physics, the Schrödinger equation, the hydrogen atom, and spin. This is a third year course, and a large step up from second year in terms of difficulty and mathematics necessary. Students apply their knowledge of differential equations, complex analysis, and linear algebra to challenging physics problems. Enrolment is 10 - 15 students.

PHY 3060U Fluid Dynamics  (previously Fluid Mechanics) (Winter 2009, Winter 2011, Winter 2013, Winter 2014)
The study of fluid flow: inviscid fluids, Navier-Stokes equations, complex flow, aerodynamics, waves. Another mathematically challenging course, and a typical physics elective for math majors. Enrolment is 15 - 20 students.

PHY 4010U Statistical Mechanics II  (Winter 2009, Winter 2010)
Magnetism, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac gases, Ising model. I co-taught this course with Dr. Rupinder Brar in the Winter 2010. Enrolment is around 10 students.

PHY 4020U Quantum Mechanics II  (Fall 2008, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013)
Perturbation theory, variational principle, WKB, scattering, relativistic quantum mechanics. A mainly application-based course; midterms and exams are usually open-book. enrolment is usually small, frequently less than 10 students.

PHY 4030U Topics in Contemporary Physics  (previously Modern Physics) (Winter 2009, Winter 2011, Winter 2012)
Relativity, field theory, and particles. In 2013 we changed this course name to better reflect its content. Enrolment is usually less than 10 students.

SCIE 1900U Astronomy  (Winter 2008)
An introduction to astronomy for non-scientists. This is a large-enrolment class given to students with no background in physics or math (or science in general).