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.