Physicists are excited to be able to open their classrooms to students at the University of California, Berkeley.
They say they hope to open more classes to students who aren’t already enrolled.
The Stanford Physics Department has been offering physics classes since the late 1970s, and recently opened a new class that offers classes on a variety of topics, including optics, magnetism, and quantum physics.
According to a post on the department’s website, “the Physics Classroom” is a space where students can sit in on lectures, take lab sessions, and practice their physics skills in the presence of professional physics instructors.
Students in the Physics Classrooms can enroll in classes through the Stanford Graduate School of Education and choose their own schedule and subject.
“We hope that we can build a community of like-minded people who are passionate about the subject matter and interested in learning more about it,” said graduate student J.C. Guenther, who has been teaching physics for six years at the department.
“If there’s a class that interests you, we’re happy to help you with that.”
The Physics Class rooms, which are currently only open to the department, will be open for the first time in September.
Guenter said the department has been looking to expand the classes for a while.
“It’s not just us,” he said.
“There are lots of other physics departments out there.”
He added that there are some physics professors who are not interested in teaching physics, and some are even afraid to teach.
“Many people in the field are scared of it, they’re scared that it will be a bad career move, that it’ll hurt their career prospects, or that it’s going to be a drain on their own resources,” Guenthe said.
The Physics classrooms will also be open to students from the undergraduate physics department.
According, the department is looking to hire additional professors in the future.
“The whole reason we opened the Physics class rooms was because there were so many students who wanted to be in that room, and they were getting in,” Guenter explained.
The classes will be held at the Graduate School at the Berkeley campus from September 1 to 5, and Guenter hopes to have them open for other schools as well.
In the future, Guenter and his colleagues plan to expand their class offerings.
“One of the great things about the physics field is that there’s so many different types of students who want to be learning it, and that we’re able to provide all those kinds of opportunities,” Guen said.
Guen and his team are also looking for funding to open the new Physics Class Room, and the department will use some of the proceeds from the classes to cover the costs.
The program is still in its early stages, so there is no set budget for the classes yet, but Guenter is hopeful that the department can reach the goal of opening as many classes as possible.
“I think the first two months of the class are going to cost a couple thousand dollars,” he added.
“Then we can get into some more more details about how we can raise more money.”