· 4420 Classical Physics II (Electromagnetism), Spring 2009, Spring 2010
This is a standard upper-level undergraduate honors class for physics majors aiming to develop understanding of Maxwell’s equations in terms of vector calculus. It is sometimes referred by students as the hardest class in the entire curriculum.
· 5010 Classical and Quantum Mechanics, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012
This rather peculiar upper-level undergraduate/lower-level graduate course is required of applied physics majors in Utah. It is unusual in that it addresses both Newtonian and Quantum Mechanics within the same semester. The historical roots of this double-headedness are not completely clear; some say it was supposed to be a crash course for bright students who were switching to majoring in physics late in their university education. The spring semester continuation of this course, 5020, deals in a similar fashion with both Electrodynamics and Thermodynamics. Whatever its origins, during the three years that I taught this course its objectives were mainly two-fold: 1) to serve as advanced clinic in developing problem-solving skills, and 2) to acquaint students with the format of the GRE Physics exam (by offering daily multiple choice quizzes) as well as to practice conventional entry-level graduate Common Exam problems at the level administered in our Department. Were the outcomes good? I am not sure I can assert this. I believe that some students clearly enjoyed and possibly benefitted from the format. Some probably did not. In any case this class earned my first RateMyProfessors comment, which is too illuminating not to quote here: “His style of lecturing is doing a bunch of example problems,… Not only do you not learn the theory, it also doesn't help you solve other problems that he didn't do in class.”
· 7510 Advanced Solid State Physics I, Spring 2007
This is an upper-level graduate class for both experimentalists and theorists covering a loose collection of subjects: mesoscopic transport, localization, superconductivity, Ginzburg-Landau mean field theory, vortices, Quantum Hall effect, and some others.