I use state of the art technology like Zoom to communicate with students. The content of what I teach is tailored to suit a particular student's needs. I make use of a variety of technical features like powerpoint, whiteboard, paint, etc. to convey concepts and I give regular homework problems for the student to work on.
COMPLETE PHYSICS COURSE:
I offer a full first-year university level physics course (called a Masterclass at Superprof). Students can also do sections of the course if they wish. The number of lectures involved depends on the progress of the student. I give regular homework problems that students have to submit, also for the purpose of assessing their proficiency. The syllabus of the course follows:
Introduction to physics – survey of modern physics
Dynamics and Newton’s laws
Circular motion, angular momentum
Work and energy
Equilibrium of bodies: translational and rotational, torque, levers
Linear momentum and collisions
Heat, temperature and kinetic theory
Fluids – hydrostatics and hydrodynamics
Light, optics and the eye
Atomic and nuclear physics
Electricity and magnetism
I have taught numerous university first-year courses in Physics and Advanced Physics courses, both at the University of Stellenbosch and its neighbour, the University of the Western Cape. In 2018 I gave classes and tutorials to 525 first-year students. Students who did their part passed easily. My own research speciality is theoretical nuclear physics, and although I’m retired – and therefore have quite a bit of spare time for online teaching – I’m still very active in research.
Werner Richter was born in Pretoria (19 February 1942) and matriculated at the Afrikaans Boys High School in Pretoria. Then he attended Wits University and obtained a BSc degree and an Honours degree in Theoretical Physics. Subsequently he obtained a Masters degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and a PhD degree in Theoretical Nuclear Physics from the University of Stellenbosch. Subsequently he spent a post-doc year at the University of Oxford.
Werner has a long association with iThemba LABS. During the PhD study in the 70’s he participated in experiments at the old Van de Graaff accelerator of the then National Accelerator Centre. Between 1991 and 1997 he led a group of about 12 people doing experiments on the SSC on proton continuum scattering.
He was chairman of the Programme Advisory Committee in 2000 and 2001, and also had three stints as vice-chairman. More recently he was chairman of the Nuclear Structure group which had to make proposals for the envisaged new Radioactive Ion Beam facility at iThemba. Over the years he has invited and funded numerous prominent scientists from various countries (England, Italy, Australia and the USA) to visit South Africa for collaboration and to establish ties with iThemba Labs and South African Universities.
He retired from the University of Stellenbosch in 2002, but remains active and visits the National Superconducting Cyclotron Facility at Michigan State University annually for several weeks. This collaboration dates back to 1982. His main interest is the study of nuclear structure and more recently nuclear structure calculations applied to astrophysical phenomena. He has produced about 70 nuclear-physics publications in top journals, mainly Physical Review C.
He has been involved in regular teaching at UWC, BIUST (Botswana International University of Science and Technology) and the University of Stellenbosch. More recently (2016) he gave a Physics service course during the first semester to occupational therapy and natural medicine students at UWC. In 2017 he was invited to spend a semester at BIUST helping to develop curricula and initiate research. A graduate course on nuclear structure also involved hands-on nuclear structure calculations with the shell-model program NuShellX, and the teaching duties also included a third-year course in Quantum Mechanics. In 2018 he tought a service course for first-year students (525!) with a biological interest. At the end of November he was involved in a summer school at the University of Stellenbosch on Shell-Model Calculations for students from mainly Oslo in Norway, but also local students. This required setting up the NuShellX code on 24 computers.
He has many interests which include piano, cooking, wine appreciation,
tour guiding (is a fully-qualified national tour guide), creative writing (a book Anecdotes from Africa comprising 60 humorous true anecdotes was published in the USA in 2013 by the Lulu Publishing Company), and the study of languages (which comprises reading and conversing in German, French, Italian, Russian and Thai – the latter because of a son living in Thailand).
Perfect! Professor Richter is a highly respectable nuclear physicist. We are truly honored to have him as our son's teacher.
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