Physics 636

A Summer Residency Course for Teachers of Physics


PHYS 636: Curriculum Enhancement II 
July 7 - 30, 2008


S. T. Thornton
Chris Hahn
Fred Hoffman


The course will consist of laboratory-type hands-on activities, physics curricula discussions, pedagogical content knowledge, and inservice activities. During the four-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 conduct an inservice presentation.

Daily Lab Schedule


Summer 2008 PHYS 636 Schedule 
Day  Lab topic Lecture Topic
Mon, 7/7 Introduction, Pre-lab evaluation, Electrostatics Electric Charge, Ch. 21
Tue, 7/8 Electrostatic Force and Coulomb's Law, Verifying Coulomb's Law Electric Fields, Ch. 22
Wed, 7/9 Explore Learning, Share-a-Thon Gauss' Law, Ch. 23
Thr,7/10 Gauss' Law, Equipotential and the Electric Field Electric Potential, Ch. 24
Fri, 7/11 Batteries, Bulbs and Current, keep Capacitor CBL Capacitance, first 1/2 of Current/Resistance, Ch. 25, 26
Mon, 7/14 Radioactivity.  Consider switching this and next experiment.  Ask teachers. 2nd half Current & Resistance, Ch. 26;Circuits, Ch. 27
Tue, 7/15 Ohm's Law & Kirchoff's Circuit Rules. Quiz 1
Wed, 7/16 Capacitors & RC Circuits,                      Interactive Lecture Demo. Magnetic Fields, Ch. 28
Thur, 7/17 Electron Charge-to-Mass Ratio, Earth's magnetic field with Vernier LabQuest outside. Magnetic Fields Due to Currents, Ch. 29
Fri, 7/18 Science Olympiad Inductance and Inductance, Ch. 30
Mon, 7/21 Inductors & LR Circuits, D-cell motor Electromagnetic oscillation, AC, Ch. 31;  Magnetism of matter, Maxwell's eqns, Ch. 32
Tue, 7/22 AC Current, Voltage, Filters, Resonance.  Possibly delete the Magnetic field in a Slinky (CBL). Quiz 2
Wed, 7/23 Semiconductors and Diodes EM waves, polarization, Snell's Law, Images; Chs. 33, 34
Thur, 7/24 Geometric Optics, Light Lessons with a Laser Pen Optics, Images, Ch. 34
Fri, 7/25 Polarization, Variation of Light Intensity, Light Intensity Versus Position Interference, Ch. 35
Mon, 7/28 Microwaves and Light Interference. Diffraction, Ch. 36
Tue, 7/29 Optical Spectra with a Diffraction Grating. Quiz 3
Wed, 7/30 Final exam, post-lab evaluation Review, Evaluation

Click here to see pdf files of Manual

Click here to see Lab Videos of many of the experiments.


Participant Photos - click here

Inservice Project Plan Forms (Word pdf)

Inservice Project Report Forms (Word pdf)
Inservice Project Participant Information Forms (Word pdf)



Updated July 8, 2008