Teaching

Holding a PHYS 411 (General Relativity and Cosmology) class outdoors in Freedom Square (Spring 2018)

I teach algebra- and calculus-based Introductory Physics (PHYS 211,212 and 241), Astronomy (ASTR 161), Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 242), Mathematical Physics (PHYS 307), and a seminar course called Physics and Metaphysics (TSEM 102). In 2018, I revived a long-dormant course at Towson University: Introduction to General Relativity and Cosmology (PHYS 411, pictured above). Among the visitors to drop in on this class was Towson university President Kim Schatzel!

My newest course is upper-level Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (PHYS 352/552). In 2019, I took my first class on a day-long field trip to Delaware’s Wilmington & Western Railroad, where they put their theoretical classroom expertise to practical use, even shoveling their own coal into the firebox. In 2021, I took my third class into the engine room of one of the last two World War II Liberty Ships still in operation, Baltimore’s S.S. John W. Brown, to experience the twenty foot-high triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine in action during a dock trial.

I have mentored 45 individual students in a total of 56 different research courses with such names as Directed Readings (PHYS 491), Independent Studies (PHYS 490,690), Special Topics (PHYS 470), Capstone Research (PHYS/ASTR 495,695), Honors Thesis (HONR 499), etc. These have all been taught on an “off-load” (voluntary) basis.