a required course on physical chemistry that deals with entropy and laws, ugh this is not what they want to know and, besides, “How useful will it be?” they naively ask. The problem is that it is impossible to avoid the use of mathematics, and they are not motivated to work through simple derivations.Read More
The lectures will be recorded at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras which is part of the NPTEL program. A major goal of NPTEL is to raise awareness and improve scientific and technological education throughout India by use of multimedia. I will be giving a series of lectures on basic spin theory for chemistry and physics undergraduate students who have a basis in quantum mechanics; know of spin and its importance; and want to go deeper.Read More
I believe it is long overdue to do away with hard copy text books at the freshman level altogether, along with their high cost and adopt ebooks.
Think of the advantages: no paper, nothing to ship, can be updated so users always have the latest edition, integrated into the internet, easy to copy protect, and can be sold for a fraction of the price of hard copy. No resale market.Read More
A “course” is a “path” through the material which your prof. decides is important and attempts to teach you. Exams come from that material, so listen to him/her. You need to organize that material, see how it fits in the big picture and manage your time properly: that is you must be efficient.Read More