Physics

Service Program - Goals and Objectives

Service courses taught by the department are designed to address goals and objectives appropriate for the majors required to take them. Most also satisfy the learning outcomes for the natural sciences portion of the university’s general education core.


GOALS

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

COURSES

1. Provide students with the physics knowledge and problem solving skills needed to support further learning in their own major program.

1.1. Students will understand the foundational concepts of classical physics at the introductory level, as evidenced by the qualitative analysis and explanation of phenomena in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and optics

PHYS 2110, 2120

PHYS 2010, 2020

1.2. Students will demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills at the introductory level, as evidenced by problem solving in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and optics

PHYS 2110, 2120

PHYS 2010, 2020

2. Provide students with the laboratory skills needed to support further learning in their own major program.

2.1. Students will learn basic laboratory skills and experimental techniques by carrying out experiments in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and optics at the introductory level.

PHYS 2111, 2121

PHYS 2010, 2020

2.2. Students will learn basic techniques for data representation, analysis, and interpretation by working with data from experiments in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and optics at the introductory level.

PHYS 2111, 2121

PHYS 2010, 2020

3. Provide students with physics knowledge and problem solving skills needed to be successful on pre-professional examinations.

3.1. Students will understand the concepts of physics that are needed to solve analytical problems on such pre-professional exams as MCAT, DAT, OAT and PRAXIS.

PHYS 2110, 2120

PHYS 2010, 2020

PHYS 1310

3.2. Students will demonstrate the analytical and problem solving skills that are needed to solve numerical problems on such pre-professional exams as MCAT, DAT, OAT and PRAXIS.

PHYS 2110, 2120

PHYS 2010, 2020

PHYS 1310

4. Provide pre-service teachers with the physics knowledge and problem solving skills needed for their teaching careers.

4.1. Pre-service teaching students will understand the concepts of physics and astronomy that are appropriate for their intended level and area of certification and apply them to solve qualitative and quantitative problems as appropriate. (Not applicable to those specializing in high-school physics teaching.)

PHYS 2010

PHYS 1310

ASTR 1010, 1020

4.2 Pre-service high-school physics teaching students will understand the concepts and problem solving techniques of physics that are appropriate for an advanced level high-school course

PHYS 2110, 2111, 2120,2121,2420, 2920, 1901, 3610, 4610

5. Model the inquiry-based pedagogy pre-service teachers will be expected to employ when teaching science in their own classrooms.

5.1 Pre-service teaching students will learn physics in a class format that employs guided-inquiry pedagogy as the primary learning tool. (Not applicable to those specializing in high-school physics teaching.)

PHYS 2010 (LEAP1 sections only)
PHYS1310

6. Provide students with an experience that addresses the outcomes specified for the natural sciences in the university’s general education core of courses.

6.1 Students will; perform, analyze and interpret experiments; apply critical thinking to scientific issues; consider the impact of scientific discoveries and progress on the development of human thought and behavior.

ASTR 1010, 1020

PHYS 2010, 2020,2110, 2111, 2120, 2121, 1310


1 LEAP (Learning Environment for Algebra-based Physics) is a guided-inquiry style curriculum for the algebra-based physics sequence (PHYS 2010,2020) being developed by Paula Engelhardt and Steve Robinson.