Dr. Gibson's Teaching Interests

My primary goal is to improve students ability to learn and solve problems on their own through the development of critical thinking skills. To this end, I require that students participate as much as possible in lecture and lab exercises. At a minimum, this means that students need to come to class prepared in the following ways:

It is also important that students learn to communicate technical information in writing with both precision and concision. This essential skill is very marketable! To develop it, students will be required to explain short, fundamental questions on exams or in formal writeups.

Another of my interests involves the integration of modern computational techniques into the traditional physics curriculum. To accomplish these goals, the department has made significant hardware and software available for our students. As Director of the Departmental Computer Center, it is my goal to maintain these computer resources at as high a level as possible.

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