BMETE11MF05

Course data
Course name: Seminar 3
Neptun ID: BMETE11MF05
Responsible teacher: Attila Virosztek
Department: Department of Physics
Programme: Courses for Physicist MSc students
Course data sheet: BMETE11MF05
Requirements, Informations

Seminar KF1, KF3, 2020 Fall semester

Instructor: Andras Palyi (associate professor, Dept. of Theoretical Physics, email: palyi at mail dot bme dot hu)
Course codes: BMETE11MF03 and BMETE11MF05
Official time: Friday 12:15-13:45, but it'll be run as an asynchronous online course in this semester.
Location: online, in Teams
Language: English
 
 
Rules & Guidelines, version 2, 2020 Oct 09.
 
This course will be held online, in an asynchronous fashion. Asynchronous means that there's no online live session. Speakers will record and upload their talks, and the audience will watch the videos and provide feedback in written form until a set deadline. More on this below.
 
  1. Presentation videos. Each student will have to record and upload a 20-minute oral presentation video, using slides, on a topic within modern physics. The "Technical discussion" channel in Teams will be used to discuss how to record a talk.
     
  2. Schedule. The schedule for the speakers and talks is as follows:
    Oct 2 - Szombathy, Kovács, Szabó
    Oct 9 - Balázs, Sulyok
    Oct 16 - Forrai, Jánoki
    Oct 23 is a national holiday, no session
    Oct 30 -Trócsányi, Bodócs
    Nov 6 - Mikeházi, Takács
    Nov 13 - Jakab, Kiss 
    Nov 20 - Blaskó, Ferenczy, Jakab
    Nov 27 - BME Open Day for high school students, no session
    Dec 4 - Nagy, Tóth, Kiss
    Dec 11 - Keveházi, Trócsányi, Kolok
     
  3. Dates. If the date does not suit you, please email me or make a comment in Teams in the General channel. 
     
  4. Upload in time. The video and the pdf slides should be uploaded to your Teams channel. Deadline for uploading is 12:15pm of your day in the schedule (see above). This way the students who prefer to follow the course synchronously will be able to do so. 
     
  5. Topic. You can select a topic yourself, and/or ask me for advice. If you don't know what to speak about, then I especially recommend browsing the American Journal of Physics, which publishes pedagogical text in various subfields of physics: https://aapt.scitation.org/journal/ajp
     
  6. Not your MSc. The topic of the talk should not be your MSc thesis research; that is going to be the subject of the seminar in the Spring semester.
     
  7. Make it clear. The target audience of your talk is your fellow students: the talk should be as comprehensible to them as possible.
     
  8. Online practice talk. You should give a live online practice talk on the Thursday before your talk, or earlier. Contact me, in Teams chat or via email at palyi at mail dot bme dot hu, the week before the talk to find a time for your practice talk. The practice talk should take 20 minutes, and it is followed by a discussion that takes at most 30 minutes.
     
  9. Summaries. It is mandatory to watch each other's talk and write a 10-sentence summary (facts, remarks, questions, etc), for at least 70% of the talks, to get a grade. That means that if everyone gives a talk (19 talks), then each student has to write at least 13 summaries out of the 18 talks he/she might have listened to, to get a grade. Summaries will be submitted via a google form; the link of the google form will be posted in each talk's Teams channel. The summaries will be published in Teams. The deadline for watching the talk and submitting the summary is Monday 23:00 after the date of the talk in the schedule above. [Update Oct02:] As a recommendation, you should spend cca. 15 minutes on writing each summary, right after watching the 20-minute video. It is allowed, but not required, to re-watch the video, browse the slides, and in general to spend more time to craft a summary more carefully.
     
  10. Speaker's Reaction. For the speaker, it is mandatory to react on the summaries he received within 72 hours after receiving them. Reaction means that in his/her Teams channel, he/she should (1) try to answer the questions posed in the summaries, (2) correct any factual mistakes appearing in the summaries, (3) react on critical remarks appearing in the summaries, etc. If this Speaker's Reaction evolves into an actual discussion in the channel, that's even better. [Update Oct09:] Don't overdo this task: focus on the 5 issues (questions/mistakes/remarks) you find the most important. If the 72-hour deadline is too tight, then request an extension. 
     
  11. Grade. The grade will be determined based on the quality of the presentation. Not giving a practice talk, or cancelling a talk, can result in a lower grade. I may also take into account the quality of the Summaries or the quality of the Speaker's Reaction.
 
If you have any questions, please ask in email or in the General channel in Teams.
 

OUTDATED - Seminar KF1, KF3, 2019 Fall semester

 

This is the joint course page of two courses, KF1 and KF3.

 

Instructor: Andras Palyi (associate professor, Dept. of Theoretical Physics, email: palyi at mail dot bme dot hu)
Course codes: BMETE11MF03 and BMETE11MF05
Time: Friday 12:15-13:45
Location: F3M01 (seminar room of the Dept. of Theoretical Physics)
Language: English
First meeting: Sep 13, Friday, 12:15

 

Schedule

 

  1. Sep 13: kick-off
  2. Sep 20: Földvári (slides, summaries)
  3. Sep 27: Tamás (slides), Sulyok (slides, summaries)
  4. Oct 4: Szász-Schagrin (slides, summaries)
  5. Oct 11: Budai (slides, summaries), Balázs (slides)
  6. Oct 18: Kovács (slides, summaries), Szilvási (slides, summaries)
  7. Oct 25: no seminar
  8. Nov 1: no seminar
  9. Nov 8: Borsi (slides, summaries), Szombathy (slides, summaries)
  10. Nov 15: Györgypál (slides), Szabó
  11. Nov 22: Sári (slides)
  12. Nov 29: no seminar
  13. Dec 6: Szilágyi, Vízkeleti
  14. Dec 13: Gyulai, Horváth, Varga

 

Rules

 

  1. You will present a 20-minute talk on a topic within modern physics.
  2. You can select a topic yourself, or ask me for advice.
  3. The topic of the talk should not be your MSc thesis research; that is going to be the subject of the seminar in the Spring semester.
  4. The talk should be as comprehensible as possible to your fellow students.
  5. Prepare slides in pdf.
  6. You should give a practice talk on the Thursday before your talk, or earlier. On Thursdays, I'm available between 10:00-16:00. Contact me the week before the talk to find a time for your practice talk, either in person, or via email at palyi at mail dot bme dot hu.
  7. The practice talk should take 20 minutes, and it is followed by a discussion that takes at most 30 minutes.
  8. In the seminar session, use your own computer for the talk, but also bring along the slides on a pendrive, just in case your computer does not work with the projector.
  9. Test if the projector works with your computer before the session starts.
  10. Be prepared to take questions.
  11. Each talk is followed by 15-minute discussion, during which the audience has to write a summary of the talk in 5-10 sentences in a google survey. This is done in pairs. Please do bring your laptop even if you're not the speaker, to make sure that you can complete this task.
  12. I send the summaries as a single pdf file to the speaker. He/She will decide if it should be published in some way. I'm glad to publish the summaries here, if the speaker wishes so.
  13. You should email me the final version of the slides right after your talk.
  14. You can miss at most 3 classes.
  15. The grade will be determined based on the quality of the presentation. Not giving a practice talk, or cancelling a talk, can result in a lower grade.

 

Homework (due Sep 19 Thursday, 12:00)

 

  1. Read section 6 of this essay from Prof. Jan von Delft on giving talks.
  2. Submit a summary of the text through this google form. Summarize in 5-10 numbered sentences. Are there any suggestions you'll follow? Are there any suggestions you disagree with? Do you have any questions on this subject? Any remarks?
  3. Deadline: Sep 19 Thursday, 12:00