PHYS 485
Physics Colloquium for Undergraduate Students
Fall 2012 Syllabus

Instructor: Carlo Segre segre [at]
166a Life Sciences Building 312.567.3498
Meetings: Thursday 15:30-17:00, Room 111 Life Sciences Building
  • Become familiar with the major research trends, with the institutions engaged in these activities, with the time scale involved in various fields, and with the background of the speaker.
  • Learn of the applications of concepts in physics to technology, medical science, and society at large.
  • Learn the structure of a public presentation of scientific work.
  • Demonstrate competency in summarizing and abstracting a high-level scientific presentation.
Grading: Grading for this course will be based on attendance and 4 Colloquium Summary papers to be assigned during the term.
  • Students will be contacted by email on the day of the Colloquium, after 19:00 and assigned to prepare a Summary paper.
  • Summary papers will be at least 1 page, double spaced, long and may include critique of the research and/or presentation as well as summarizing the presentation.
  • Summary papers are due before the following Colloquium.
  • Papers must be submitted to the course Dropbox on Blackboard in PDF format.
Academic Honesty Policy: IIT has a Code of Conduct which is available at (see page 31). All students in this course are expected to follow this code. The first violation will result in a grade of "zero" for that assignment (exam or quiz). Subsequent violations will result in a failing grade in the course.