PHY-381: Writing in Physics

This course has a proud history in this Department as well as a strong reputation in the University. The course content is in your major. All scientists need to learn how to read research articles and to write clearly, but there are styles and techniques of writing that are peculiar to Physics. Forms to be covered include the parts of a research article, especially abstract and figure captions; posters; research proposals; application for jobs, grad school, or fellowships (includes résumé and cover letter). Learning to read a scientific paper critically, which can require overcoming fear of what you don’t know, is part of the course. Yes, writing is hard work. The happy truth is that writing can be deeply satisfying hard work. Crafting a good sentence can bring pleasure. Best of all, writing is a type of late-stage process that clarifies your own thinking.

Level: 
Undergraduate
Credits: 
3
Prerequisites: 
PHY 284
Corequisites: 
PHY 424
Semester(s) offered: 
Both

Course Schedules

Semester Sec Instructor Times / Rm
Spring 2018 Carlo Dallapiccola
TuTh 11:30-12:45 PM
HAS 104A
Fall 2017 Robert Hallock
TuTh 11:30-12:45
HASA 230
Spring 2017
1
Maria Kilfoil
TuTh 11:30-12:45 PM
HAS 138
Fall 2016 Courtney Lannert
TuTh 11:30-12:45
HAS 230
Spring 2016
1
Adrian Parsegian
TuTh 11:30-12:45
HAS 138
Fall 2015 Adrian Parsegian
TuTh 11:30
HASA 107
Spring 2015 Nicholas Darnton
TuTh 11:30-12:45
HAS 138
Fall 2014
1
Courtney Lannert
TuTh 11:30
HASA 109
Spring 2014 Robert Hallock
TuTh 11:15-12:30
HAS 138
Fall 2013 Courtney Lannert
TuTh 11:15-12:30
HAS 109