The student seminar is a chance for you to investigate and share with your classmates an E&M topic of your choice. Check out Janis' list of Suggested Seminar Subjects linked into the course Website (see http://musr.physics.ubc.ca/jess/p401/) if you are looking for ideas. You may select any electromagnetism topic of your choice; there are many cool/interesting ones that aren't on the list, provided the professor (that's me) agrees that your choice is appropriate. I just want to make sure that the topic you pick indeed has some E&M in it. I also recommend the UBC Library's free Research Skills Workshop (offered several times per term, next offered January 19 and February 21) to learn how to approach a general research problem and familiarize yourself with many of the 'standard' online e-tools, including the Web of Science, the science citation index, how to get the most out of online databases, accessing electronic journals and e-books.
The oral report will be a short 8-minute seminar-type presentation to the class, followed by 3-4 minutes of discussion and questions. All students will participate in evaluations (marks) for all presentations except his/her own. The essay/write-up will be a short 3-6 page paper based on your presentation. There will be 1 or 2 oral presentations per class, during the last 15 to 25 minutes of each class beginning the February 20, just after Spring Break. (Current registration in this class is 20; there are 18 classes after Spring Break, so most classes will have one presentation, but two will have two.) Your report is due Friday 07 April 2006 at the latest. If you hand it in earlier, I will mark and return it to you within a week.
Hopefully everyone gets their first choice topic; however, if two or more people choose very similar topics, we'll resolve it: most topics are sufficiently enormous that two or three presentations on different aspects/features of the same topic can be made, with very little overlapping content.
A list of presentation dates will be distributed in class and put on the course Web page before the end of January. If you have real date restrictions, please specify them. The first presentation will be on February 21. Also state if you'd prefer your presentation date to be early (in February), middle (first part of March) or later (end of March, beginning of April).