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Physics By Inquiry
PHYS INQUIRY
CLASS CODE: PH 410 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: PHYSICS
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: This hands-on course covers selected topics in physics with emphasis on depth-of-understanding and developing skills essential to the scientific process. These skills include observation, interpretation, reasoning, generalizing predicting, questioning and related communication skills. It provides an experience in education by inquiry. This experience provides a background for teaching as a process of inquiry.
TAUGHT: Winter
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Topics will be selected by selecting several of the following modules: Properties of Matter, Heat and Temperature, Light and Color, Magnets, Astronomy by Sight, Electric Circuits, Electromagnets, Light and Optics, and Kinematics.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1.Experience and deeply understand of selected fundamental principles and the key vocabulary to describe it.
2.Develop skills in observation, interpretation, reasoning, synthesis, generalizing, predicting, and questioning as a way to learn new knowledge.
3.Develop skills in oral and written communication, and following written instruction

REQUIREMENTS: Junior level standing or permission of the instructor. Previous experience in physics is helpful, but not required. This course has no math prerequisite. Students are required to complete homework assignments, several papers, and exams.
PREREQUISITES: Junior level standing or permission of the instructor.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2003