Curriculum Enhancement I
July 9 - August 1, 2007
PHYS 635 is a laboratory course for those desiring to be high school physics teachers, increase their teaching content knowledge, or work towards our Master of Arts in Physics Education degree. It is a summer residence course at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. It also includes some teaching pedagogy. The course is held in the afternoon, and the companion lecture course, PHYS 631, is in the mornings. PHYS 635 has both homework and quizzes for each laboratory. An inservice project is required for the course which can be done in your local school, school system, or any regional, state, or national teachers meeting.
Professor Stephen T. Thornton
The course will consist of laboratory-type hands-on activities, physics curricula discussions, pedagogical content knowledge, and inservice activities. During the 3 1/2-week summer component, teachers (students) will complete several different kinds of activities including experiments using probes with both graphing calculators and computers, table-based labs, and video-based labs. Technology will be emphasized. During the following fall, teachers will have inservice presentations to complete.
PDF versions of lab manual: Click on appropriate highlighted activity in schedule below.
Motion Analysis Video Tape Manual
Students will be provided with a copy of the video tape and manual during the course. The electronic version is available in case an extra copy is needed.
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Daily Workshop/Lab Schedule:
Activity - click on highlited activity to obtain pdf file
|July 9, 2007||
1a. Discussion, WebAssign, MAPE, Inservice Project, Linear regression equation (calculator), Excel tutorial, grading.
|July 10, 2007||2a. One Dimenional Motion (computer)
2b. Newton's 2nd Law (graphing calculator and CBL)
|July 11, 2007|
|July 12, 2007||4. Projectile Motion and Error Analysis (UVa equipment and computer)|
|July 13, 2007||Software, Internet Resources, Show and Tell|
|July 16, 2007||5. Force and Motion (computer)|
|July 17, 2007||6a. Work and Energy
6b. Air Resistance (graphing calculator and CBL)
|July 18, 2007||7. Collisions and Momentum - Newton's 3rd Law|
|July 19, 2007||8. Rotational Dynamics
Inservice Project Proposals due.
|July 20, 2007||Science Olympiad|
|July 23, 2007||9a. Equilibrium of Non-parallel Forces (UVa equipment)
9b. Buoyant Force (Pasco computer experiment)
|July 24, 2007||10. Harmonic Motion and the Pendulum|
|July 25, 2007||11. Free, Damped, and Forced Oscillations (computer)|
|July 26, 2007||12. Sound|
|July 27, 2007||13. Fluids|
|July 30, 2007||
14a. The Ideal Gas Law and the Absolute Zero of Temperature
|July 31, 2007||15a. Heat Engines and the First Law of Thermodynamics (computer)
15b. Newton's Law of Cooling (calculator)
|August 1, 2007||Evaluation, final exam.|
|Appendices||A. Selected Constants and Definitions
B. Graphical Analysis
D. Accuracy of Measurements and Treatment of Experimental Uncertainty
Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Recipe
Inservice Report Form
Inservice Attendee Report Form
Updated July 8, 2007