The 2018 WAPT Annual Meeting will be held at the UW-Whitewater campus.
University of Wisconsin – Madison, Department of Physics
Smart Phones, MATLAB and Introductory Physics
Higher education in physics is constantly revitalized through technology and innovation. This talk will describe new ways to achieve recommended essential learning outcomes that prepare physics students for successful careers in both academic and applied settings. I will describe how a modern learning management system, mobile devices, and other tools can be leveraged to develop not just content knowledge but information literacy, communication and collaborative skills, computation thinking, and most importantly an entrepreneurial attitude. Additionally, I will describe interdisciplinary student projects ranging from vector born disease research to tests of Hyperloop public transport modules at SPACEX.
Duncan Carlsmith is Professor of Physics at University of Wisconsin – Madison. He received a B.S. degree in Physics and in Mathematics from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Chicago. His research in fundamental physics has included studies of TeV-scale proton-antiproton collisions with the Collider Detector Facility (CDF) at Fermilab and of proton-proton collisions with the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Presently he is engaged in a direct search for weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP) dark matter with the LUX-Zeplin (LZ) collaboration. Carlsmith is author of a graduate-level text Particle Physics. His activities in advancing undergraduate education in physics include video production for introductory, intermediate, and advanced educational labs, social bookmarking and journal research, cloud-based LaTeX, electronic rubric-based assessment, small-group organization and peer-review, blended learning, audience response systems and active learning strategies, low-cost mobile-phone-based labs, and computation for modeling and big data analysis. Carlsmith also directs Garage Physics, a lab devoted to multidisciplinary project-based learning, innovation, and entrepreneurship.