Teaching WK

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For many years already, I have been involved with teaching of physics. Presently, I concentrate on MOOC teaching, and on a new course on statistical physics within the master ENS-ICFP at ENS. I also frequently teach in summer schools.


ICFP Master 2016, Course on Statistical Physics

see this page for tutorials and homework, syllabus, lecture notes and material.

Trieste Lectures 2015, Bad Honnef Lectures 2015

see this page for slides and Python programs. The exercise session is captured in two photographs.

Second MOOC edition started on 2 February 2015 - now finished

Announcement poster of SMAC2015  Click here for a High-definition version
Announcement poster of SMAC2015 Click here for a High-definition version

The 2nd edition of the Massive open online course (MOOC) on Coursera: Statistical Mechanics: Algorithms and Computations started on February 2nd, 2015 (participation if free of charge, and open to everyone). The first edition of the MOOC, in 2014, drew 30,000 registered students from 160 countries. Videos were viewed 250,000 times, there were close to 6000 forum posts, and students had a great time. Look here for an editorial that I wrote after 'coming home from a MOOC'.

Lectures 2013/14

In 2013/14, I taught a second-year Master course (fifth year counting from high-school) at Ecole normale supérieure. Subjects go from Monte Carlo algorithms to bosons, fermions, classical spins, quantum spins, Fermi-Pasta-Ulam chains, the thirteen-sphere problem, and many more. I was helped by my colleagues Alberto Rosso and Vivien Lecomte, and we are having a lot of fun (and a bit of work also)! Our approach to teaching is the fruit of a lot of experiments. Lectures were on the blackboard, training sessions use the computer a lot. Then there was homework where students are asked to program more or less complicated, but always interesting subjects in the Python programming language.

Here, some of the students of the 2012 lectures, together with

Vivien Lecomte (9th from the right) and Alberto Rosso (8th), at the conf IV lecture room at ENS.

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