Physical Science

A New Order For Teaching Optics In the Secondary Classroom
1 graduate credit - Instructor: Jeff Elmer - Most textbooks and curricular materials begin the study of Geometric Optics with the concept of reflection and its application to plane mirrors, and the virtual images plane mirrors produce. While all students are very familiar with plane mirrors, the production of a virtual image by a plane mirror is a very difficult concept for students to comprehend. This course will provide instructors of physics and physical science with a different sequence, which logically develops the concept of the more concrete real image first, before any mathematical analysis of images or the idea of a virtual image are presented.
Online course fee: $140.00
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Aviation and the Elementary Student: An Alternative Unit to Teach Forces and Motion
1 graduate credit - Instructor: Erron J. Sagen - This course will provide the elementary/middle teacher with the background to teach the four forces of flight to the intermediate grade student to meet the forces and motion benchmarks or learning targets of their district. It will provide the teacher with the ideas and the format to develop and integrate literature and hands-on science experiences for their students. The classroom teacher of today needs to teach science in connection with the other content areas in order to fully utilize the ever-shrinking minutes of the elementary day. This course will stress the importance of integration and the benefits of hands-on science experiences with the student learners while meeting basic physical science standards/learning targets through the exciting world of aviation.
Online course fee: $140.00
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Key Topics in Newtonian Dynamics for K-8 Teachers (Simplifying Physics for Elementary Teachers)
1 graduate credit - Instructor: Jeff Elmer - The study of motion, forces, energy, and momentum involves numerous concepts, terms, mathematically abstract ideas, and limitless applications. The mastery of such a wide body of knowledge is nearly overwhelming, requiring multiple semesters of study. The purpose of this course is to help K-8 teachers make this enormous body of knowledge more manageable by providing concise explanations and terminology, with useful applications, for the teaching of these ideas.
Online course fee: $140.00
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