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July 30-August 3, 2011
Omaha, Nebraska

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Stimulating Creative Ideas and Developing Self-learning Ability of Freshman Students
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 8:30 AM -9:00 AM
  Author: Zhi-Yong Zhou
Physics Department, Southeast University, China
  Co-Author(s): Ying-Hui Kuang , Hui Zhong , Ying Yun
  Abstract: Creative ideas and the ability to do independent study are important characteristics for students to be successful in their university lives and careers thereafter. These two aspects are also what we wish to cultivate in freshman students through "Introduction to Bilingual Physics," which was designed by Prof. Ying Yun for physical engineering students. The main contexts about classical and modern physics are organized through the "key line" method and are introduced in several ways, including blackboard presentations, multimedia materials, experiment demonstrations, and network simulations. Following that, students are encouraged and guided to do scientific research with suitable complexity by working in a self-organized group, and then they are asked and selected to present their ideas or discoveries in class and even at international occasions. This teaching model has proven to be effective over a 10-year teaching practice, during which the performance of the students has been tracked.
  Footnotes: Sponsored by Prof. Lei Bao
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