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Center for Science and Mathematics Education,
Weber State University

 

(Also see the course syllabus.)

SCHEDULE:
Everything below is subject to revision, but at least you can see that there was some semblance of planning that went into this course.  If you aren’t told otherwise, expect the following itinerary to hold true.

 

Monday
QUESTIONING

Tuesday
INVESTIGATING

Wednesday
ANALYZING

Thursday
MODELING

Friday
COMMUNICATING

8:30 – 9:00

 

Orientation & Problem of the day: diurnal motion

Orientation & Problem of the day: notions of motion

Orientation & Problem of the day: the nature of matter

Orientation & Problem of the day: conservation of energy

9:00 – 10:00

 

Small: Measuring a molecule

Moving right along: Motion graphs

Sticky tape and balloons

Conservation of energy: Simple cases

10:00 – 11:00

 

Big: Measuring the sun

Motion and video analysis: Freefall, harmonic motion, etc.

11:00 – 12:00

 

Fast: The speed of sound

Electromagnetism: How to light a light bulb

Conservation of energy: Heat and mechanical energy

12:00 – 1:00

(12:30)
Introductions & Expectations

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

Working LUNCH

1:00 – 2:00

What is Physics? Frameworks and Big Ideas

Back & Forth: Harmonic motion

Collisions & Conservation of energy

Wave-particle duality: Photoelectric effect

Final debriefing, loose ends, and pre-summative assessment

2:00 – 3:00

Bubbleology

Up & Down: Elevator physics

Radioactivity and Half life

3:00 – 4:00

What questions does physics ask?

Break and brainstorm

Break and brainstorm

Break and brainstorm