Energy Workshop - Dec 3 2011
Leader: Fernand Brunschwig,Teachers College, Columbia University
SUMMARY: The concept of energy is central to all of science. This workshop will lay out several ways to introduce students to the concept of energy. We will begin with common intuitive notions and everyday language and develop the key analog, working and mathematical models, including conservation and degradation of energy, necessary for successful problem solving. Participants will collaborate on discussing and solving a variety of problems focusing on specific conceptual issues that generally pose difficulty for students.
Participants should bring an electronic version of a selection of their best homework assignments and test questions on energy to the workshop; assignments/questions can be at any level from middle school through advanced placement. We will provide copies to all participants, along with Chapter 4 (“Energy & Matter”) from Introductory Physics: A Model Approach by Robert Karplus. Biology, chemistry and earth science teachers will also find many aspects of this workshop to be of value.There will also be time at the beginning of the meeting for 2 or 3 individuals to make short presentations (5 minutes max.) about specific physics teaching ideas.