Adjunct Faculty, Physics
Northern Virginia Community College
3001 North Beauregard St.
Alexandria, VA 22311
The two things you need to know to become good at solving physics problems are:
- Where to look things up.
- When you’ve made a mistake.
When you can spot other people’s mistakes, you’re on your way to being an expert. What I hope students take away from this class is not a memorization of formulas, but a methodology of breaking down problems into manageable pieces. What am I being asked for? What do I already know and what do I need to look up? What is my plan? How can I check if I’m making any mistakes? Developing that kind of thought process has incredible utility and creates the confidence to tackle all kinds of technical problems.
10+ years teaching experience at NOVA
15+ years experience as research physicist in plasma physics
Physics 201 Lab
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