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Course Descriptions for Summer 2012

The Department of Physics and Astronomy will offer 6 credit hours of physics workshop courses designed specifically for high school teachers and/or physics education specialists. The graduate credit earned in these courses may be applied toward license renewal, initial licensure in physics, and/or graduate degrees at Ball State University, including the Master of Arts in Education in Physics (MAE Physics), Master of Arts in Science Education (MASE), and the Doctorate in Education in Science Education (EdD). These workshops will take place during the last two weeks of June and will meet all day. Participants are encouraged to register for both courses, as each course will meet one-half day for two weeks with daily topics closely coordinated. If you are unable to attend both weeks but want to attend one week and earn 3 hours of credit, please contact Joel Bryan or Eric Hedin as soon as possible for registration information.

Summer Session 2

Laboratory Methods in Physics
PHYCS 685 Section 002W
Reference Number: 25905 
3 credit hours
Date: June 18–29
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: On campus
Instructor: Joel Bryan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy
Scope: During this two week course students will examine laboratory activities and student investigations designed to support the teaching and learning of conceptual, honors, and AP physics. Emphasis will be on inquiry-based laboratory methods. The effective use of free and/or inexpensive computer simulations and video analysis software for laboratory investigations will also be emphasized in this workshop, as well as investigations making use of other common inexpensive materials. Participants will also review physics education research related to effective laboratory instructional methods.


Advanced Placement Physics B and C Workshop for Teachers
PHYCS 685A Section 001W
Reference Number: 26099 
3 credit hours
Date: June 18–29
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: On campus
Instructor: Eric Hedin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy 
Scope: Physics content is the focus of this two week workshop on Advanced Placement Physics B and C, including topics from mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. Teachers actively participate in problem-solving sessions including calculus-based (Physics C exam) and non-calculus problems (Physics B and C exams). An overview of the Advanced Placement Physics B and C program in physics will be given and the philosophy, structure, and grading of the Physics B and C tests will be briefly discussed. Recommended for both new and experienced Advanced Placement Physics B and C teachers or any physics/science teacher wishing to broaden their knowledge.

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Ball State University
Cooper Physical Science Building, room 101
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (Summer Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Phone: 765-285-8860
Fax: 765-285-5674
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