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Teaching

Classical Mechanics (2nd year undergraduate course)

Introduction to Newtonian Dynamics with differential equations, conservation laws, numerical (computer) solutions

Thermodynamics (2nd year undergraduate course)

Basic concepts of thermodynamics; The Laws; properties and behaviour of pure substances; ideal gases and mixtures; equation of state; Maxwell's relations; heat transfer.

Materials Science (3rd year undergraduate course), Cross listed Physics / Chemistry


Condensed Matter Physics (4th year undergraduate course)

As part of this course, students spend time surveying the recent scientific literature to identify publications which they would like to explore further. This involves conducting an interview with one of the authors and producing a summary aimed at non-specialist. See the links below:


A trip to space

In the Spring of 2015, we did a crazy thing - we decided to go to space! Then we found out space is cold, and batteries don't like the cold. ...so we went back. Data from the flight will be used in Classical Mechanics, and Physics I.

Tutorials


Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is an amazing computing platform to do Physics with. Here is how we are incorporating it into the UOIT curriculum:

  • 3rd year experimental lab (check out my github repository: https://github.com/itamblyn/RPI and our website)
  • Single particle dynamics in Classical Mechanics I (free fall, air friction, double well potentials)
  • Counting statistics in Thermodynamics (the origin of the 2nd Law)
  • Visualizing crystal structures
  • Phonos in crystals

All of this is done with a bit of python and very basic knowledge of electronics. Looking for more project ideas? Here's my idea list

During the 2015-2016, I am participating in a joint project with the UOIT Faculty of Education to develop course material and training for student teachers.


Graduate seminar (Computational Methods in Material Science)

  1. Slides
  2. putty.exe (ssh works too for linux/os x)
  3. IP: simulator.science.uoit.ca, login: student
  4. I will give you a number.
  5. cd student99
  6. ls
  7. Two directories should be visible: Input Ref
  8. cd Input
  9. ls
  10. cd Work
  11. Follow tutorial from 1.1b, below where it says "cd Work". The first thing you should read is "You will do most of the actions of this tutorial in this working directory...". Type the commands carefully. It matters whether they are upper or lower case. You can copy and paste them into the terminal. If you make a mistake, use the arrow keys (up) so you don't have to type everything out from the start. For a text editor, try nano. You can edit a file by typing (without quotation marks) "nano tbase1_x.files"
  12. To finish editing, use CRTL X. To search for a word, use CRTL W
  13. abinit tutorial #1
  14. If you get lost, type cd and this will return you to the original directory you started with.
  15. The command pwd will show you your current directory
  16. If you type cd .., this will bring you up one directory
  17. To delete files, use rm filename

Useful resources

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