Curriculum Enhancement I
July 6 - 29, 2009
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 will be available here during summer workshop.
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 6, 2009||
1a. Discussion, WebAssign, MAPE, Inservice Project, Linear regression equation (calculator), Excel tutorial, grading.
|July 7, 2009||2a. One Dimenional Motion (computer)
2b. Free fall: uniform gravitational acceleration (video)
|July 8, 2009||
3. Velocity and Acceleration (Data Studio)
|July 9, 2009||4. Projectile Motion and Error Analysis (UVa equipment and computer)|
|July 10, 2009||Show and Tell, Share-a-Thon|
|July 13, 2009||5. Force and Motion (computer)|
|July 14, 2009||6. Work and Energy|
|July 15, 2009||7. Collisions and Momentum - Newton's 3rd Law|
|July 16, 2009||8. Rotational Dynamics
Inservice Project Proposals due.
|July 17, 2009||Science Olympiad|
|July 20, 2009||9a. Equilibrium of Non-parallel Forces (UVa equipment)
9b. Buoyant Force (Pasco computer experiment)
|July 21, 2009||10. Harmonic Motion and the Pendulum|
|July 22, 2009||11. Free, Damped, and Forced Oscillations (computer)|
|July 23, 2009||12. Sound and Oscillations|
|July 24, 2009||13. Fluids|
|July 27, 2009|
|July 28, 2009||15. Heat Engines and the First Law of Thermodynamics (computer)|
|July 29, 2009||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 (do not need for 2009)
Updated July 2, 2009