Michael Read

Michael Read - Class DemoMichael Read : Office 205 Science Building
Physics and Engineering Instructor
College of the Siskiyous
800 College Ave
Weed, CA 96094
(530) 938-5224(530) 938-5224


My Education: B.S. Civil Engineering with highest honors, University of Texas; M.S. Structural Engineering. University of California Berkeley; B.S. Physics Summa Cum Laude (Outstanding Graduate in Physics Award), Southern Oregon University; Advanced Study: University of Colorado, Boulder, University of Washington

My Teaching Philosophy: I believe very strongly that learning is most effective when the student is actively involved in the learning process. I am particularly interested in finding effective ways for students to develop a deep understanding of physics concepts. I believe in the findings of physics education research; students develop little conceptual understanding in a "traditional" physics course which emphasizes primarily quantitative problem solving. I think that no student should receive a college education without learning the fundamental rules of operation of our physical universe. However, I also feel that the basic college physics course should be fun and interesting and need not be highly mathematical or problem solving oriented.