PHYS 280 :: Physics Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Course Support Resources

Office Hours

We hope that you will visit us during office hours soon and often throughout the semester. We value the opportunity to get to know you and to support your interests, learning, and career preparation.

See Staff Information for office hours and their location. You may “walk in” to office hours or make an appointment in advance. You are welcome to visit with the professor, your teaching assistant, or any of the other teaching assistants for the course.

Writers’ Workshop

The Writers Workshop is an excellent campus-wide service offered to students who are interested in improving their writing, including drafts of specific writing assignments and efforts. You can meet with tutors in person at a number of locations (by appointment and through “walk in”) and online. Visit here to learn more.

Online Writing Resources

You'll find many excellent resources for developing your writing free and online. We've selected a few dependendable resources to help you get started. We hope that you'll use these and other writing resources regularly to guide and improve your work.

University of Illinois Writers Workshop
Purdue Online Writing Lab
  • General Writing: Process, Mechanics, Grammar, Punctuation
  • Research and Citation: APA Style
  • English as a Second Language: Plagiarism and ESL Writers
Bedford Handbook, 9th edition
  • Part I The Writing Process
    • Chapter 2 Revising, Editing, and Reflecting (51–68),
    • Chapter 3 Building Effective Paragraphs (87–106)
  • Part II Academic Reading and Writing
    • Chapter 4: Guidelines for Active Reading (114–115), Summary and Analysis (118–120)
    • Chapter 6: Reading and Writing Arguments (156–166)
  • Part III Clear Sentences (199–250)
  • Part IV Word Choice (251–276)
  • Part V Grammatical Sentences (277–356)
  • Part VI Multilingual Writers and ESL Challenges (357–400)
  • Part VII Punctuation (401–448)
  • Part VIII Mechanics (449–476)
  • Part IX Grammar Basics (477–512)
  • Part X Research Writing (513–555)


Subject Matter Research & Learning Resources

PHYS/GLBL 280 Documents (links to additional course-related readings and resources; some may require university login)

Arms Control Collection, University of Illinois library guide for the Program in Arms Control, Domestic & International Security

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Magazine

Personal Support Resources

To obtain disability-related academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids, notify the professor / your TA and the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) as soon as possible after the start of the semester and keep in touch throughout the term to ensure you are receiving any needed support.

Help is available free of charge to all students for symptoms of anxiety, depression, or feelings of being overwhelmed, stressed, or in crisis at the Counseling Center (8:00am-5:00pm) and McKinley Mental Health (8:00am-5:00pm). For after-hours crisis care, the Counseling Center and McKinley Health Center collaborate with Rosecrance Central Illinois—available 24 hours per day, 365 days a year—at the Crisis Line: (217) 359-4141.

For assistance, students can also consult with the Student Assistance Center Dean on Duty, who is available Monday-Friday from 10:00am-3:00pm, or an Emergency Dean, who is on-call after business hours. To reach the SAC Dean on Duty or the Emergency Dean, call (217) 333-0050. College offices and the academic deans can also provide assistance for academically related and personal problems. College/school contacts may be found here.

Sexual Misconduct Policy and Reporting

The University of Illinois is committed to combating sexual misconduct. Information about resources and reporting is available at It is important for students to know that faculty and staff members are required to report any instances of sexual misconduct to the University’s Title IX and Disability Office. In turn, an individual with the Title IX and Disability Office will provide information about rights and options, including accommodations, support services, the campus disciplinary process, and law enforcement options. A list of the designated University employees who, as counselors, confidential advisors, and medical professionals, do not have this reporting responsibility and can maintain confidentiality, can be found at