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David E. Pritchard
Physics Department and Research Lab of Electronics, MIT
E-mail: dave@amo.mit.edu
Web site(s): http://amo.mit.edu/Pritchard.html

Prof. Pritchard is the main force behind Cybertutor.MIT, a Socratic tutor for scientific and technical courses, and is also leader of the problem writing team for Newtonian Mechanics.

Pritchard has long been interested in helping students learn the skills necessary to formulate physical problems mathematically and comprehend their solutions. He has written A Mechanics Workbook (photo-copied many times, but unpublished) which has had some success in teaching a systematic approach to problem solving in Newtonian mechanics. Professor Pritchard has taught small groups of freshmen in an interactive setting at all of the various versions of the MIT introductory mechanics cirriculum (he has also lectured both the advanced and standard versions of this course). He has also supervised the tutorials in the extended version of MIT's freshman mechanics course, and taught mechanics in a seminar-tutorial format. He is currently the Undergraduate Major Coordinator for the MIT physics department.

Pritchard's group conducts research in atom interferometry, single ion mass spectrometry, and (jointly with W. Ketterle) Bose Einstein Condensates. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of Am. Acad. Arts and Sci, Am. Assoc Adv. Science, APS, and OSA.


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