Seminars & Events
Natural Science & Mathematics Colloquium
Most Wednesdays at 4:40 in Schaefer 106
The Physics Club organizes many activities for all students who enjoy physics.
Sarah Bingham (2009).
Sarah double-majored in physics and history with a minor in math at St. Mary’s. She then completed the joint degree program with the University of Maryland, majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in nuclear engineering. She now works at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory.
In the physics and astronomy courses, faculty continue to implement and develop student-focused teaching techniques. We focus on research-based techniques that improve student learning.
- Fundamentals of Physics 1 and 2 feature integrated labs, lectures, and student directed activities. Professor Grossman is currently teaching these courses: he is using a combination of group problem solving, warm-up questions, hands on activities and demonstrations, and computer simulations.
Students working on their
Students building play dough
- Dr. De Pree generally uses the "flipped classroom" technique. This puts most of the introduction to the topic outside of class; this allows precious class time to be used working on problems, applying the material, or exploring more difficult complications of the topic at hand.
- Physics students hone their speaking skills with lab presentations in both Fundamentals of Physics 3 and Advanced Laboratory courses, as well as project presentations in many upper level courses.
Group problem solving in
Student presenting a
- Interactive questions are used in many classes, including Basic Physics, College Physics, and General Physics.
- Professor Grossman introduced "clickers" to St. Mary's College classes to facilitate Peer Instruction. This tool is now being used successfully in many other departments throughout the College. The clickers allow the professor to instantly see how many students choose each answer.
- Professor Mita uses a variation of this technique interactive question and answers.
- Professor De Pree also uses Peer Instruction in her classes - frequently her students use brightly colored cards that they hold up to indicate their answers. This allows Prof. De Pree to focus more on the material that the class does not understand.
General Physics 3 class, fall 2011
back row: Seth Baker, Galen Hench, Utsav Gyawali, Ian Morgan, Pasquale "Banana" Raico, and Jon Kwolek
front row: Dr. Erin De Pree, A. Gilligan, Christine Gilfrich, Ben-jammin Eicher, Justin Stine, Bobby Stouffer