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Physics 670

Energy and Technology II

Winter 2005

Letter from your Instructors

Dear Colleagues:

The Ohio State University Department of Physics is giving a new course Energy and Technology, Physics 670. The call number 16056-3 is offered Winter Quarter 2005. The class meets on Saturdays from 9:00 to 3:00 pm with a one-hour break. This course is designed to address the Ohio Technology Academic Content Standards for Math, Science and Technology (MSaT). The clientele will be in-service teachers, graduate students and pre-education majors.

The topics covered in the first quarter of Physics 670 includes mechanics, Newton's laws, forces and simple machines, energy, work and power, exponential growth, electricity and magnetism, simple circuits, and electrical safety. The second quarter will cover the electromagnetic spectrum, thermal energy, chemical energy, nuclear energy, energy efficiency and the impact of energy use on the environment. The course is designed as a hands-on, discovery-style lab, in a cooperative learning environment. We have found that this construction is an effective way to understand the physics concepts.

Each Saturday course starts with a two-hour lab/discussion section followed by a one-hour lecture then a break for lunch. The course picks up in the afternoon with a second two-hour lab/discussion section. The course grade is a based on a combination of assignments, in-class work, 2 midterm exams and a final exam, and a lesson plan incorporating some of the ideas learned in the course into a unit which could be used in the teacher's own classroom.

We are very excited and we hope that you or your colleagues will be able to benefit from our course. Please spread the word far and wide, that is what our flyer is for. If you have any questions send us e-mail or call Bunny Clark.


Bunny C. ClarkJames Bihari
Distinguished University ProfessorPhysics Lecturer
Professor of PhysicsE-Mail bihari.1@osu.edu
E-Mail bcc@mps.ohio-state.edu  
Phone: (614) 292-1843 

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