Student Resources

Course Support

For support for individual courses, the college has adopted the LMS Canvas, so all support materials are to be found there.  The web page for current courses will continue to announce the courses being taught each semester but except with rare exceptions will not longer contain the support material for courses. In addition, a helpful website with a number of links for tips on How to Study Physics is highly recommended. 

Addicted to the Internet?

For those of you who find yourselves spending lots of time on the internet "researching" to the extent that you are neglecting your coursework (and the number of such students appears to be increasing), there is a free app to help you Stop Procrastinating. It works by allowing you to set it up to block all or part of the internet to reduce temptation and free time for your hoemwork. Check it out.

Physics Websites

There are some links to websites concerning physics in general and students in physics in particular on our physics websites web page.

Tutoring

Tutoring takes place in the Physics Commons (Mills 360), during various hours of the day and in the evening.  The tutoring schedule can be found posted on the window of the Physics Commons.

TeX

The TeX/LaTeX help page, tells you where to download TeX, and it contains instructions and further resources for using TeX.

Beamer Presentation and Posters

If you would like to learn how to use the beamer package for LaTeX in order to give a presentation such as in Science Seminar, a good place to start is with our Beamer Examples, a zip file containing a couple examples, the beamer user guide, and the rubric we use for evaluating talks. Start with the README.rtf file. You can also use beamer to make posters! Look at this example poster which includes a (rudimentary) theme for Covenant College posters. You can find more examples by searching on the internet, but this should get you started.

LineFit

LineFit is our in-house program for graphing lines and fitting them with a best fit, taking into account both x and y error bars. Go to the LineFit page.

MakeTable

Try out our new (very early beta) program for automatically creating LaTeX tables, by cutting and pasting from a spreadsheet. Help us debug and perfect it! Go to the MakeTable page.

Symbolic Manipulation Programs

Many of you have heard of Matlab, Maple, Mathematica, or Magma, all of which are powerful programs which can perform many complicated mathematical calculations and provide 3-d graphic representations of results. There is now a free, open-source project that seeks to provide similar capability. The project is called Sage, and it can be found at the website http://www.sagemath.org/. An informational video on the project is here. (The video gives a very good overview of why the mathematics and physics communities often seek to make free and "open" programs available for research.) There are also open source projects which seek to provide the resources of Matlab. One is called Octave: http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/, and another is called Scilab: http://www.scilab.org/aboutus/consortium/open_source. Engineering majors in particular may want to check those out. Another very powerful program that has some advantages (extremely efficient, with dedicated physics capabilities) and disadvantages (no fancy user interface) over the other packages is Form: http://www.nikhef.nl/~form/. This latter has limited mathematics knowledge built in, but in some circumstances (as with non-commuting variables) it offers by far the simplest solution to the problem.

Graph Paper

Finally, should you need graph paper, you can get some here. For one graph on the whole page, use big graph paper and for two graphs on a page use small graph paper.

Some Resources for Christian Mind Class

The description of the Chapel Windows and some other resources are here.

 

This web page is maintained by the Physics Department Faculty and is not directly a part of the official COVENANT COLLEGE website. If you experience any problems with the site, please email the webmaster.