Learning goals & objectives

Student Learning Goal 1

Physics majors will know how to learn physics.

Students will:
  • Objective A: Critically assess written expositions of physics, contrasting those ideas which are fundamental from those which are consequential;
  • Objective B: Identify the circumstances under which a principle applies.

Student Learning Goal 2

Physics majors are critical thinkers that can produce analytical solutions to physical problems.

Students will:
  • Objective A: Identify a problem and generate equivalent statements of a problem;
  • Objective B: Delineate the principles of physics and analytical techniques used to obtain a solution to a problem;
  • Objective C: Apply the principles and techniques of physics to obtain a solution to a problem;
  • Objective D:  Demonstrate the correctness of a solution by showing that it yields expected results in limiting and other special cases.

Student Learning Goal 3

Physics majors possess the technical skills needed to function effectively in a physics laboratory.

Students will:
  • Objective A: Collect a broad range of data with an ability to adapt to new experimental methods, apparatus and tools;
  • Objective B: Apply fundamental statistical methods to analyze data;
  • Objective C: Display data with clarity;
  • Objective D:  Draw sound conclusions from the results of data analysis.

Student Learning Goal 4

Physics majors communicate ideas in physics with precision and clarity.

Students will:
  • Objective A: Produce precise and clear expository written material about physics;
  • Objective B: Produce well-organized and clear oral presentations of physics material.