Summer I 2014:  Physics II Waves, Electricity & Magnetism

Modeling the science practices recommended in the 2013 Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS) and the Massachusetts Standards, this course offers participants an in-depth exploration of many of the Physical Science Disciplinary Core Ideas in NGSS (i.e., Wave properties, Electromagnetic Radiation, Types of Interactions and Energy Transfer). More specifically, participants will explore the following concepts and principles: reflection, refraction, interference of waves (both mechanical and electromagnetic), electric and magnetic forces and fields, electrical circuits, electromagnetism and the electromagnetic spectrum. The course aspires to immerse teachers in the process of inquiry, build teachers’ awareness of their role as facilitators in a student-centered environment, and help them address effectively students’ and their own common pre- and misconceptions specific to the curriculum materials. Appropriate mathematical rigor is used to prepare those who are interested in taking the MTEL licensure exam in Physics. Prior enrollment in MTH6527, or permission of instructor, is recommended.

Time & Dates:     Monday-Friday, July 7-18, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Instructors:          Dr. Christos Zahopoulos (NEU), Michael Maloney (Teacher, Somerville PS) and Larry McGrail (NEU, retired teacher)

Location:              Northeastern University