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I am a seasoned professor with teaching experience for 15+ years on teaching undergraduate and graduate students in domestic and international colleges and universities. I am also a research scientist with a proven track record of 20+ years of research in atomic & molecular physics, laser physics, computational physics, plasma physics, and quantum computing. Given below is my teaching philosophy which I will employ in my tutoring.
I believe that many people can learn physics well, but few can teach physics well. Teaching, particularly teaching physics is an art. A person who has solid physics knowledge may not be a good physics teacher although a good physics teacher must have comprehensive understanding of physics. Ironically, many people think that physics is just formulas and laws, and thus teaching physics is just letting students remember them. That is why so many students consider physics boring, incomprehensible, or even unnecessary. However, I have found physics both interesting and useful through years of teaching and research. I hope that through my teaching, students can take interest in physics, use physics in their work and life, and more importantly, gain the ability to explore wonderful natural phenomena and enjoy the beauty of the natural world during their exploration.
When asking a physicist what physics is, you may be told that physics is a subject about everything. Indeed, physics has outreached almost every field in the world and formed the basis of modern science and technology. However, the kernel of physics, in my opinion, is a synthesizing process of describing, understanding, and applying, through thinking and analyzing, various kinds of physical phenomena observed. Thus, my teaching objective is to foster students' keen abilities in all these aspects.
To realize my teaching objective, all my teachings are designed around three themes: observing and describing, thinking and understanding, and analyzing and applying.
The key of physics teaching is flexibility. Four different approaches are adopted in my teaching depending on difficulty of course materials, levels of students' knowledge, and teaching objectives: lecturing, in-class discussion, after-class assignment, and guide-oriented tutoring.
I love teaching, particularly teaching physics since physics is both interesting and useful. Organically integrating above teaching techniques has made me an effective teacher. I was awarded the Excellent Teacher Award of Jilin University, China in 1998. I will also continue to seek opportunities to create new courses and constantly update the course materials with the most up-to-date research and theories.
During the past 20+ years, I have been doing theoretical investigation in atomic and molecular physics. My investigation involves the derivation of basic formulas used and programming based on the formulas.
I have used algebra every day in the past 20+ years.
I am a native speaker of Chinese. I got all my education in mainland of China. I used to be a college lecturer and university professor. I can read, write and speak in Chinese.
I am a Sr. Scientist for theoretical and computational investigation. One of my research activities is to study the numerical algorithm and write computer program. I have been working in the computer programming for 20+ years.
Elementary math is an everyday tool in my research.
My major is Atomic and Molecular Physics, but my minor is computational Physics. I have been programming for more than 20 years using Fortran. I was also teaching programming for large-scale scientific and engineering computation. I am using Fortran every day for my projects.
Geometry is one of my favorite subjects when I was a middle school student. I loved the pictures with various shapes and very excited once I figured the relations among the pictures. I also use geometry in my research almost every day.
I am using linear algebra in my research and solving the differential equation numerically. The most important part of the liner algebra is the matrices arithmetic. In my research, I always employ matrices to perform computation of eigenvalues and eigenvectors. The matrices are also used to propagate the wavefunctions of a time-dependent quantum system.
I use Linux to perform large-scale scientific computations. I know all the protocols and commands of Linux. I run my codes in .csh and .bash.
I use MATLAB to perform some simple computation. I always employ MATLAB to plot figures, in particular the 3D surfaces.
This is one of software that I am using to make presentation. Every week I show my research results to my group suing the slides made with Microsoft PowerPoint.
This is one of software I am using to perform word processing. I use this software to write proposals, reports, and everyday word processing. I am very familiar with every version of this software.
My college was majoring Physics and Physics education. My master and PhD was majoring Atomic and Molecular Physics. SO Physics has been my major for 30+ years. I am a real expert in Physics.
The workstation I am using to perform large-scale scientific computations is an UNIX system. So I use UNIX everyday. I used to be an administrative person of UNIX system of workstation of our LAB. When the system was done I fixed it. So I know all the protocols and commands of UNIX very well.
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