  
Student Learning Outcomes 
 Students have a mathematical understanding of a topic investigated in class.
 Students have a physical/conceptual understanding of a topic investigated in class.

Description  
 A seminar in directed readings, discussions and projects in physics. Specific topics to be determined by the instructor. The subject matter for this seminar will be drawn from a number of possible topics, including Lagrangian/Hamiltonian mechanics, celestial mechanics, astrophysics, the role of the Eigenvalue problem in advanced physics, historical approaches to physics (Galileo, Newton) or other topics of mutual interest to the instructor and students.


Course Objectives  
 The student will be able to:
 analyze the topic in a skillful and thorough manner.
 discuss the topic critically with instructor and other students.
 explain the importance of the topic to the discipline of physics.
 use new vocabulary relevant to the topic.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment  
 None.

Course Content (Body of knowledge)  
  Readings, discussion, and critical analysis of the relevant topics
 Use of primary, secondary and other important monographs as appropriate
 Content specific knowledge (as appropriate for the topic):
 Lagrangian/Hamiltonian Mechanics
 Minimization Approaches
 Integrating Functionals
 Langrangians
 Equations of Constraint
 Cannonical Momentum
 Hamiltonians
 Celestial Mechanics
 Kepler's Laws
 Energy Diagrams and Orbits
 Numerical Simulations
 Orbital Mechanics
 Astrophysics
 Stellar Details
 Planet Formation
 Gravity Problems
 Light and What We Can Learn From It
 The Eigenvalue Problem in Advanced Physics
 Review of Eigenvalues
 Application to Differential Equations
 Coupled Harmonic Oscillators
 Rotating Motion
 Schrodinger's Equation
 Historical Approaches to Physics
 Readings from Appropriate Sources
 Recreation of Historical Experiments

Methods of Evaluation  
 Instructors may use the following methods for evaluation:
 Evaluation of class participation
 A written paper
 Homework
 Exams
 Oral presentations
 Poster projects
 Video/Web projects

Representative Text(s)  
 This will vary by content. Readings could range from writings of Galileo all the way to advanced mechanics texts at the level of Thornton & Marion.

Disciplines  
 Physics


Method of Instruction  
 The instructor could employ lectures, inclass discussions, cooperative learning exercises, electronic discussions/chat, demonstrations, guest speakers and/or simulation software.


Lab Content  
 Not applicable.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments  
  Reading and study of the textbook, related materials and notes.
 Homework Problems: Homework problems covering subject matter from text and related material, one or two problems per week. Students will need to employ critical thinking in order to complete assignments.
 Paper/Poster: Students will need to write a paper on one of the topics from the class, or present a poster (instructor's choice).
