Physics Department Seminar
Dr. Mustafa Bahran
Scholar at Risk Faculty Member
Carleton University
Tuesday, October 16, 2018



Carleton Physics Education: A Way Forward


The Carleton University (CU) Physics Education Academic Program is an essential and integral part of the Department of Physics academic program servicing CU students and hence the community at large. Based on more than 30 years long physics teaching career including recent 18 months at the University of Oklahoma (OU), an overview of a typical physics education program will be made. An initial review of CU physics education program will be made parallel to that of OU and ideas towards progress will be proposed concentrating on General Physics Labs and Physics for Non-Science Majors such as BIT courses. An emphasis will be given to the curriculum based on comparison covering a number of physics departments (mainly in the US), current trends and the answer to the fundamental question: Why do we teach? Also, an emphasis will be given to the status and possible future of the Labs; structure, content, approach and methods. A proposal will be made in this regard. This talk will be guided by available/current research as well as excellent conversations with colleagues who have taught these courses at OU and here at CU.