Presented by Frank Lock & Scott Thomas
Thursday, June 9, 2022 ◉ 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Want to learn why Modeling is effective in teaching Physics (and other sciences) and how to do it? Attend this FULL-DAY workshop.
Segment 1: Introduction
Intro Frank & Scott
Buggy Lab Pre-Lab
Breakout- design experiment in Student mode – 10 min
Intro to Modeling
Model building – allow variation in lab design (seed ideas if needed)
Give sample Data -> make a plot of data and Develop equation of data (10 min)
Structure of Whiteboard meeting of lab results
Buggy lab demo/analysis?
Work on WS – share to online space
LUNCH BREAK (note: lunch is provided)
Structure of Whiteboard meeting of a worksheet
Whiteboard results of WS
Overall storyline of Mechanics v2013
Demo many if not all of the experiments—see list below**
Discuss low budget vs. high budget versions – Phet Simulation/online video lab platform
“No modeling police”
Energy first – Kelly O’Shea
Other materials–Thermo, E&M, Rotation, Gases/Fluids, Waves/Sound, Relativity, Optics, Modern
Other Subjects–Chem, Bio, Earth/Space, Middle School
Other Resources– AMTA site, ASU site, blogs, twitter hashtags, discord, listserv, etc.
Summary/Recap – Share Post of workshop list from AMTA Website
Target Audience: Mainly high school physics teachers, but other interested teachers can benefit
**Demonstrations (see segment 5)
Unit 1: Pendulum
Unit 2: Buggy Lab
Unit 3: Vernier Smart cart on ramp
Unit 4: Spring Scale Lab – F_G vs. Delta x Hovercraft activities?
Unit 5: Modified Atwood Machine
Unit 6: Video Analysis – Ball toss
Unit 7: Spinning Mass
Unit 8: Smart Cart spring launch up a ramp
Unit 9: Smart Cart explosion
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Frank Lock has taught physics and chemistry for 35 years. He has presented numerous sessions and workshops, and he is an AMTA Modeling Workshop Facilitator. From 2014 to 2018, he served as a PhysTEC Teacher-in-Residence (part-time) in the Georgia State University Physics and Astronomy Department.
Scott Thomas earned his B.S. and M. Ed. from the University of Notre Dame, and he has taught Biology, Physics, AP Physics, Chemistry, and Computer Science at Bishop Kenny HS in Jacksonville, FL since 1999. He has presented numerous Modeling workshops in the Boston area as an AMTA Modeling Workshop Facilitator.
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