Syllabus Fall 2019 Physics 55600

Physics 55600 Current topics in Physics Fall 2019


Department of Physics, CCNY



Instructor: Vinod Menon

Email: (best way to reach me)

Phone: (212) 650-7443


Office Hours: Wednesday, 1.30 – 3:30 P.M.

Location: CDI 2-370


Course Description (from Bulletin)

55600: Current Topics in Physics

A seminar course on current topics in experimental and theoretical physics, with oral reports by students and faculty (required for Physics majors).

1 hr./wk.; 1 cr.

Class Schedule:     Wednesday          11:00 am -12:00 pm   MR418N        



Physics 55600 is a seminar course that requires students to make presentations on topics of current interest. It does not have a formal syllabus. Topics and abstracts of talks will be announced as students decide on individual topics they plan to present.


Students will be required to give talks on recent publications. An abstract and title of the talk will need to be provided to the class one week prior to the presentation. A review paper on the topic will also need to be submitted at the end of the course.



  • Familiarize with recent breakthroughs in physics
  • Learn to write abstracts for talks
  • Improve scientific presentation skills
  • Learn basics of writing scientific papers