Oct 30, 2020
PHY 100 - Physics for Elementary Teachers [GEKN]
Designed to stimulate interest in physics by the use of simple and inexpensive equipment to demonstrate scientific principles. Motion, forces, sound, light, heat, electricity and magnetism.
Credit 3 hrs Normal (A-F)
May not be repeated for additional credit
Course Rotation: Fall, Winter, and occasionally Summer I
Prerequisites - MATH 105 with a “C” or higher , MATH 108 , (ACT Math Subscore > 22), or (SAT Math Subscore > 530)
Other Restrictions -
Restriction by Major - 2MIN , ELCI , ELEI , ELPH , CSDE , IEED, ISCC , Special Education-Undeclared, LAGC , MTHE , SSGC , EASD , or SLDE
Restriction by Class - Undergraduate standing
This course includes 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of laboratory each week. In this course, all elementary education students are introduced to the core knowledge used in physics to understand phenomenon. This knowledge is an important foundation for studying the other sciences required of the elementary teacher and shows very practically both how physics manifests in our everyday lives and how these concepts can be presented in the elementary classroom. This core knowledge is the same core knowledge used by scientists in every laboratory in the world. The appropriate terminology is introduced and students are shown how to “scale it down” to the elementary student’s vocabulary. The assumptions and shortcomings of models are highlighted. Whenever possible, appropriate simple demonstrations are used. Students are asked to estimate results, mathematics and models are used to predict results, and the results are compared with the student’s intuition. Modern applications are discussed to guide students to become scientifically literate citizens who are capable of making informed decisions about scientific information.
Additional Information: Does not count toward a physics major or minor. Open only to students pursuing any curriculum for elementary teachers.
Keywords: physics , Knowledge of the Disciplines - Natural Sciences (GEKN)
Updates: Change to prerequisites 4/2018, effective Fall 2018; Major Restriction added 11/2017, effective Winter 2018; prereq added 3/2015, effective Summer 2015
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