Fall 2017

Department of Physics, Oakland University

I teach both undergraduate and graduate courses:

PHY 101/108: General Physics I
Mechanics, heat, mechanical waves and sound (algebra based).
PHY 102/109: General Physics II
Electricity and magnetism, light, relativity, atomic and nuclear physics (algebra based).
PHY 151/161: Introductory Physics I
Classical mechanics and thermodynamics (calculus based).
PHY 152/162: Introductory Physics II
Electricity and magnetism, light, quantum physics, atomic and nuclear physics (calculus based).
PHY 158: General Physics Laboratory
Elementary experiments in mechanics, heat, sound, electricity and optics.
PHY 331: Optics
Geometrical optics, optical instruments, wave theory of reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction and polarization of light.
PHY 361: Mechanics I
Application of Newton's laws to particles, systems of particles, harmonic oscillators, central forces, accelerated reference frames and rigid bodies.
PHY 371: Modern Physics
Introduction to relativity, kinetic theory, quantization and atomic physics. Additional topics chosen from physics of molecules, solids, nuclei and elementary particles.
PHY 470: Relativity
Special relativity in mechanics and electromagnetism. Introduction to general relativity and gravitation.
PHY 535: Modeling Complex Systems
Methods of mathematical physics and nonlinear dynamics will be applied to investigate problems in physical, chemical, and biological systems. Examples of studies will include population dynamics, epidemiology, instabilities and formation of patterns, diffusion phenomena (cell migration), and growth of brain tumors. This is a new course I developed.
PHY 553: Numerical methods
Introductory course on numerical methods and their application in statistical and biological physics. We will be using Matlab to solve problems; no previous knowledge of Matlab is required.

Guest Lectures

As a guest lecturer, I participated in an intedisciplinary course on Engineering Biology (EGB 390), and in SMaRT (Research Experience for Undergraduates program). I gave lectures on various topics in medical and biological physics, such as "Modeling Growth of Malignant Brain Tumors" and "Biological Physics: Migration and Clustering of Living Cells".

Ann Arbor Russian School

I served as co-organizer and a lecturer for "Seminars in Sciences and Arts" at the Ann Arbor Russian School. In this innovative, interdisciplinary course, motivated middle and high-school students learn about various branches of knowledge outside of the school curriculum; students acquire experience in independent research and learn to present the results of their work. The course comprises a series of invited lectures on different topics and individual research projects conducted by students. The class culminates with the children's presentations.