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Bernard Bates

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bates@pugetsound.edu

Alma Maters: Brown University, BA,University of Washington, MS,University of Washington, PhD
Classes Taught: Phys 103, Phys 109, Phys 111, Phys 112, Phys 121, Phys 122,Phys 209, STS 361
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What is your style of teaching?
Lecture, Socratic
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Textbooks, popular books, video, YouTube, computer simulations
When grading a student, what do you look for?
An honest attempt at completing work
What kind of student would love your class?
Independent, self-motivated, outgoing, willing to look silly in front of others.
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
All subjects are intrinsically interesting. If you had a bad (or boring) experience with any subject in high school, then you had a bad (or boring) teacher.
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Astronomy
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Helped determine the origin of small meteorites collected from the ocean floor.
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
Re-purposing obsolete (but still functional) electronics for "Good Will"-type second-hand stores into cheap instruments for science and education.
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
I teach by using seemingly unrelated stories and tangents to create "aha" moments for students. I'm highly non-linear! I'm not an audio edition of the text.

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