We are SUPER stoked for this new Georgia Tech Course called “Intro Physics I with Lab” (starting August 19th, 6 weeks long) where you can explore motion in the real world using modern tools and techniques (video capture and analysis, computer modeling) guided by fundamental physics principles!
The laboratories (which are done through recording actions via your mobile device) are the backbone of this course, providing opportunities
(1) to observe and to analyze motion in our own surroundings,
(2) to apply fundamental principles to build explanations of the motion
(3) to evaluate, in a constructively critical way, our own measurements and scientific models, as well as the measurements and models of our course peers.
Check out this awesome course intro video:
Now, you may be wondering….what the heck is scientific modeling?
Models describe all the bits and pieces of the world around us. While designing this course we realized there was no good definition! So what does a scientist do when looking to define something? They gather evidence! This video was produced to give a little more insight into describing to a general audience what scientific modeling actually is. We interviewed veteran teachers, bloggers, and scientists to ask them to define scientific models in their own terms.
It was a lot of fun to create these videos to share with you how EXCITING the world of physics is. See you in class!
P.S. Participants who satisfactorily complete the course will be eligible for six (6) Continuing Education Units from the American Association of Physics Teachers!1