John challenged us to share our course syllabi. Here is my latest (possibly final?) draft for this year. I would call this more of a course reference sheet than a syllabus since it doesn’t talk about what we’re going to learn. It’s more about how we’re going to learn it. My document’s genealogy goes back through a line that has common roots with the first version on John’s post. The course itself has evolved a lot since then, so the content has, too.
So, on the surface, it’s not as sleek or sexy as the second version on John’s post. Still, I think the content itself is pretty compelling. Much of it is very different from what students often see/hear (or at least from what they expect to see/hear). Check out the homework section, for one. It might not be exciting at first glance, but I think it could start to sell (or at least intrigue) a reader. And experience tells me that at least a few of the students read it (students mentioning at late dates in the year that finally solving a difficult problem makes them think of the “YES, YOU CAN LEARN PHYSICS!” note, etc).
I include this document in the front of the binders that I distribute on the first day of class (more about the binders in a future post).
Questions? Suggestions? And as always, feel free to steal/modify/etc anything that you like.