Approved by Faculty Senate.
University Studies Course Approval
Department or Program: ____Physics_________________________
Course Number: ___460__
Course Title: ______ Undergraduate Research _______________________
Catalog Description: 460 Undergraduate Research 1 4 s.h.
An opportunity for an advanced physics student to work with a faculty member on an
independent research project. A written report and oral presentation is required on results
of the research. Prerequisite: junior status and permission of the instructor. Offered every
This is an existing course that has previously been approved by A2C2 _X__.
OR This is a new course proposal _____. (If this is a new course proposal, the WSU Curriculum Approval
Form must also be completed as in the process prescribed by WSU Regulation 3-4.)
Department Contact Person for this course _____Richard Shields________________
The proposed course is designed to satisfy the requirements in (select one area only):
A. Basic Skills:
______ 1. College Reading and Writing
______ 2. Oral Communication
______ 3. Mathematics
______ 4. Physical Development and Wellness
B. Arts & Sciences Core:
______ 1. Humanities
______ 2. Natural Science
______ 3. Social Science
______ 4. Fine & Performing Arts
C. Unity and Diversity:
______ 1. Critical Analysis
______ 2. Science and Social Policy
______ 3. a. Global Perspectives
______ b. Multicultural Perspectives
______ 4. a. Contemporary Citizenship
______ b. Democratic Institutions
______ 1. Writing
__X__ 2. Oral
______ 3. a. Mathematics/ Statistics
______ b. Critical Analysis
Department Recommendation: Approved_____ Disapproved____ Date:______
Chairperson Signature_______________________ Date______
Dean's Recommendation: Approved_____ Disapproved ____* Date:______
Dean's Signature_______________________ Date______
*In the case of a Dean's recommendation to disapprove a proposal a written rationale for the recommendation to disapprove shall be provided to USS
USS Recommendation: Approved_____ Disapproved____ Date:______
University Studies Director's Signature_______________________ Date______
A2C2 Recommendation: Approved_____ Disapproved_____ Date:______
A2C2 Chairperson Signature_______________________ Date______
Faculty Senate Recommendation: Approved_____ Disapproved____ Date:______
FA President's Signature_______________________ Date______
Academic Vice President's Recommendation:Approved____ Disapproved____ Date:______
VP's Signature_______________________ Date______
President's Decision: Approved_____ Disapproved____ Date:______
President's Signature_______________________ Date______
Physics 460 Undergraduate Research
Oral Communication Flag
1. These courses must include requirements and learning activities that promote students' abilities to...
a. earn significant course credit through extemporaneous oral presentations;
Physics 460 requires both a written and oral report to receive credit in the course.
b. understand the features and types of speaking in their disciplines;
Students will be encouraged to attend AAPT Meetings as a non-presenter when they start their undergraduate research.
c. adapt their speaking to field-specific audiences;
The talk will be geared to present their research at the Minnesota Section of the AAPT.
d. receive appropriate feedback from teachers and peers, including suggestions for improvement;
Normally, students will practice their talk at a departmental seminar.
e. make use of the technologies used for research and speaking in the fields; and
Students can use a presentation software.
f. learn the conventions of evidence, format, usage, and documentation in their fields.
Students also must submit a written report that must use the standard documentation and references used in physics.
2. Course Outline
Physics 460 Undergraduate Research Fall 2000
University Studies - Oral Communication Flag
Dr. Richard Shields
460 Undergraduate Research 1 - 4 s.h.
An opportunity for an advanced physics student to work with a faculty member on an independent research project. A written report and oral presentation is required on results of the research. Prerequisite: junior status and permission of the instructor. Offered every semester.
Possible Research area under Dr. Shields
Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems
With computer interfacing equipment and Mathematica software, it is possible to develop mathematical model of complex system. For example, A coupled harmonic oscillator could be easily built using an air track, carts, and springs. The motion of individual carts can be monitor with ultra-sonic transducers.
Expectation for Students
Students enrolled in 460 are expected to develop a research proposal and present it to their instructor for approval. Once the proposal is approved, students then build the equipment and perform the experiment. Finally, the student is to write a paper and do a presentation on the results of the experiment.