Dr. Qing Xu Ryan

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Cal Poly Pomona

Teaching

Teaching is an art that require beliefs, emotions, values and flexibility, but teaching can also be studied as science where instructional practices that are proven by research should be used to improve student achievement. Though we might be tempted to emulate the practices of inspiring teachers from our past, the ensuing years have seen a dramatic shift in paradigm for physics education, where research has demonstrated significantly improved learning outcomes in environments where students are actively participating in class to construct and articulate their own understanding as opposed to sitting and listening quietly. Learning is the rewiring of neuron connections and students have to construct those connections themselves.

Courses at CPP

Course materials are all on Blackboard. Here's a list of the course i've taught.

  • PHYSICS131 Introductory calculus-based general physics sequence for science and engineering majors, covering Mechanics.
  • PHYSICS133 Introductory calculus-based general physics sequence for science and engineering majors, covering Electricity and Magnetism.
  • PHYSICS133A 133 Recitation: group actitivy and problem-solving.

Courses at CU Boulder

  • Principles of Electricity and Magnetism 2

Courses at U. of Minnesota

  • Physics by Inquiry
  • Best Practices in College Physics Teaching
  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers (II)
  • Physics for Non-Science Majors (I)