A Resource Book for the Beginning Physics Teacher Documents

This handbook is designed to help the new teacher, or teachers new to physics, get started in their classes. Each chapter covers a specific physics or pedagogy topic with a short introduction and a selection of lessons, labs, activities, and demonstrations. All activities are selected for their effectiveness and ease of use.This material is a pre-publication draft for use and comment by teachers. The first six chapters, covering topics through forces, are currently available. Chapter 1 of the handbook provides background information on learning cycles, learning styles, and the goals for a physics course. There are also recommendations for grading rubrics for labs and non-standard student activities, including cooperative (group) learning. Released under a © Jan Mader and Mary Winn. This material can be used for non-commercial purposes with attribution. Chapter 2 of the handbook provides four example activities that can be used on the first days of class to get students started taking an active role in their learning. These provide an introduction to a learning cycle approach to science. Released under a © Jan Mader and Mary Winn. Can be used for non-commercial purposes with proper attribution. Chapter 3 of the handbook provides activities and resources to help students understand data. Topics covered include independent and dependent variables, estimation, graphing, and significant figures. Released under a © Jan Mader and Mary Winn. This material can be used for non-commercial purposes with attribution. Chapter 4 of the handbook provides materials for the study of one dimensional kinematics. The activities in this chapter cover concepts of position, velocity, and acceleration. They are designed to build student understanding of the properties of moving objects through measurements and analysis. Released under a © Jan Mader and Mary Winn. This material can be used for non-commercial purposes with attribution. Chapter 5 of the handbook provides activities and demonstrations of motion in two dimensions. The topics covered include the description of position, displacement, and velocity as vectors, relative velocity, and free fall. Released under a © Jan Mader and Mary Winn. This material can be used for non-commercial purposes with attribution. Chapter 6 of the handbook provides resources for covering forces and Newton's Laws. Activities are included that cover the topics of inertia and Newton's second and third laws. These activities and demonstrations illustrate the basic force concepts with which students struggle. Released under a © Jan Mader and Mary Winn. This material can be used for non-commercial purposes with attribution. Chapter 11 of the handbook provides resources for the study of electrostatics and charge. The demonstrations and activities include electroscopes, Van de Graaf generators as well as activities using common household items. Released under a © Jan Mader and Mary Winn. This material may be used for non-commercial purposes with attribution. Source.


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