PHY 3091:

Instructor: Horst D Wahl, Mad Hatter

Office 512 Keen Bldg.,
Phone 644-3509
Office Hours:
   after class and by appointment (send email), any time you can get a hold of me

Class meetings: Monday and Wednesday 13:25 to 14:15 in UPL212

Prerequisite: Interest in science and and in talking about scientific topics

Text: no text needed

Purpose of course:

The purpose of this course is to develop abilities in the area of oral and written communication, with emphasis on scientific and technological topics. (Note that communication of scientific results and ideas is an essential skill and takes up a large fraction of a scientist's time and effort)

Outline of class:

Resources, websites:

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  • Syllabus Change Policy
  • Except for changes that substantially affect implementation of the evaluation (grading) statement, this syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advance notice