Hope College Department of Physics and Engineering
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Summer 2003
Project Summary


Project Title: Developing Curriculum for an Introduction to Physics Course at Hope College
Student Name: Tina Pike
Studentís home institution: Hope College
Research Advisor(s): Dr. Catherine Mader
Source of Support: NSF-REU

The adjustment to college academic expectations can be challenging for some students. This project involved developing materials for an introduction to physics course based on spectroscopy. Through the experiential learning opportunities provided in the course, the students will build a network of classmates with a common interest in physics and develop an understanding of the expectations of college level laboratory and class work. The students will do this while exploring the applications of spectroscopy in fields ranging from astronomy to environmental science. This project specifically developed laboratory and demonstration materials and located resources (both web and print) for use in the course.
Publications and Presentations:
“Characteristics and Preliminary Results from MoNA at MSU/NSCL.” W.A. Peters, N. Frank, M. Thoennessen, T. Baumann, J-L. Lecouey, K. Yoneda, J. Brown, D. Hecksel*, P. DeYoung, T. Pike*, J. Finck, P. Voss*, B. Luther, M. Kleber*, J. Miller*, R. Pipen, W. Rogers, L. Elliott*, M. Strongman*, and K. Watters*. Paper BB.003. Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 49, 20 Division of Nuclear Physics Fall Meeting. Chicago IL, October 2004.