Mahmoud Al-Kofahi

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Class Format

I teach Face-to-Face physics classes at JCCC. I use PowerPoint in my lectures and the white board for solving examples and deriving equations when needed. Usually, I post an electronic copy of my lectures on Desire2Learn in advance such that students come prepared to class.

Resource Use

Each course has its own textbook with other supporting materials, like a student study guide. I use other online resources that can be of help to students, like simulations of physics concepts. Usually, I provide the links for all resources to my students.


Usually I use exams, quizzes, homework, and lab reports to assess the performance of students in my classes. The weights that I assign for each one of these assessment tools are as follows:

Exams        65%
Homework   15%
Lab Reports 15%
Quizzes        5%

Homework Policy

After completing a chapter, I assign homework covering the concepts learned in that chapter, and give my students a week to solve them and submit their work. I use a drop box, in Desire2Learn, for each homework assignment. Students are asked to submit their assignments electronically into the drop box. I grade the homework assignment and return my feedback to students about their work before moving to a new homework.

Attendance Policy

Attendance is usually taken for the first few weeks of the semester, but it does not count as part of the course grade for students.


I have office hours that I post in advance to my students in the course syllabus. However, I encourage my students to use email for communication with me. If they need to see me in person outside the office hours, they have to set an appointment in advance, at a time suitable for them and for me as well.