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Pollock, Steven J Professor

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Research

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  • Prof. Pollock's research is in the field of Physics Education Research (PER), investigating student learning in physics classes, and the constraints and opportunities involved in replicating 'proven' curricular practice, as well as extending educational models to the upper division. He has implemented and studied 'Tutorials in Introductory Physics' at CU, along with supporting and investigating TA and Learning Assistants' pedagogical development. His ongoing activities include research into (and curriculum development associated with) student learning difficulties in upper-division Electricity & Magnetism, Quantum Mechanics, Classical Mechanics, and Mathematical Methods.

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  • Physics Education Research, implementing and investigating curricular and pedagogical reforms and assessments in upper-division physics courses, investigating impacts of established reforms in large lecture introductory courses, research and development in graduate TA and undergraduate Learning Assistant preparation

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Teaching

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  • PHYS 1140 - Experimental Physics 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Introduces experimental physics through laboratory observation of a wide range of phenomena. Covers experiments on physical measurements, including mechanics, electricity & magnetism, and optics, with the mathematical analysis of physical errors associated with the experimental process.
  • PHYS 2210 - Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Methods 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Theoretical Newtonian mechanics, including position and velocity dependent forces, oscillation, stability, non-inertial frames and gravitation from extended bodies. Ordinary differential equations, vector algebra, curvilinear coordinates, complex numbers, and Fourier series will be introduced in the context of the mechanics.
  • PHYS 3220 - Quantum Mechanics 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
    Introduces quantum mechanics with wave, operator and matrix computational techniques. Investigates solutions for harmonic oscillator, potential well and systems with angular momentum. Develops a quantitative description of one-electron atoms in lowest order.
  • PHYS 3221 - Tutorial Practicum for Quantum Mechanics 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
    Uses interactive group work to aid student learning in corequisite course PHYS 3220. In this tutorial, students will work in small groups to practice how to solve challenging problems and their underlying conceptual basis, as well as using hands-on activities, demonstrations, and other techniques to help learn content.

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