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We will teach this at an advanced level, with the goal of guiding/facilitating students on a path of self-discovery – workshop style. The basic plan for how the course will run is this (and actually works best with a Mon-Tues schedule):
Generally, each new topic will begins with the second hour of the Monday meeting.
1. The second hour of each Monday will be a lecture on the underlying physics or principles of the next problem, process, or topic. Explaining equations and solidifying conceptual grasp of equations and principles, but sparse/bare essentials needed to get started.
2. Each Tuesday we will then introduce exercises and explain associated Matlab codes or other tools students will use in intuition-development exercises. Class time includes getting started on exercises, answering questions as initial problems pop up. Exercises will generally have two components: (a) general intuition development by exploring parameter space (guided) and (b) application of method/tools to case study(ies). We will work to keep these manageable. A few hours effort each is intended. Some topics will merit two weeks and exercises could be split in two: generic intuition development week 1, case study application week 2.
3. Weekly homework: Always due Monday at class time. ALL STUDENTS: Do the Lab exercise. ROTATING PAIR (scheduled in advance by sign-up calendar so all can plan): (1) Prepare written notes on Monday lecture and plan a 10 minute synopsis presentation (white board, not powerpoint), and prepare to lead a discussion on general lessons/intuition learned from the homework exercise (whiteboard sketches preferred). Written notes will be submitted Monday (to be edited by us and compiled for the class).
4. Each Monday (except first) starts with Rotating Pair synopsis presentation, followed by free-form discussion lead/moderated by us to explore/enhance depth of understanding. Then we will cap this by showing a couple classic case studies, re-inforcing and documenting intuition developed (First Hour).
Also, Weekly reading will include one topical journal article that will be discussed in the Thursday evening Surface Processes Seminar.
Office hours: by appt.
Office #: 480-965-9508
Office hours: by appt.
Office #: 965-3541