Ames, IA 50010, USA
+1 (515) 294-2219
jbsimon.astro 'at' gmail.com
I enjoy teaching courses in both astronomy and physics. In my experience, the best way to learn something is to actually do it. Thus, I am a very strong proponent of active learning at all levels, including in-class activities, discussions, and highly interactive lectures. Furthermore, I enjoy using state-of-the-art technology in my teaching.
Here are the courses that I have taught and will teach, with links where appropriate.
Computational Physics (Physics 551)
Planet Formation (under development; graduate course)
Course goal: Introduce students to the power and potential pitfalls of computation in physics and to always be careful with "black box" codes
Next semester to teach this course: Spring 2020
Class materials/references: Lecture Notes on GitHub, Computational Physics: Problem Solving with Python (Landau et al.)
Next semester to teach this course: Fall 2020
Class materials/references: under development