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Physics in Motion - Getting Started

Welcome to Physics in Motion, the online physics series from Georgia Public Broadcasting. The primary goal of this series is to provide a thorough summary of the concepts of high school physics, grounded in the Georgia Standards of Excellence for science. Each of the seven units is divided into segments designed to reach all levels of learners. Our four hosts conduct demonstrations, calculations, and experiments in our studio lab and take students all over Georgia to show how physics works in the real world. The series is divided into the following units of study:

                                                 Unit 1: Introduction to Physics
                                                 Unit 2: Describing Motion
                                                 Unit 3: Forces
                                                 Unit 4: Momentum & Energy
                                                 Unit 5: Electricity & Magnetism
                                                 Unit 6: Waves & Optics
                                                 Unit 7: Nuclear Physics

Toolkit

As you are watching the video segments, you will hear our hosts mention the Physics in Motion Toolkit. The toolkit items are located under each video segment in the area labeled “Support Materials.” This is the area where you can find note-taking guides, review questions, three-dimensional tasks, labs, and practice problems. You will also find learning objectives, key terms, and associated standards. The teacher toolkit provides instructions and answer keys for study questions, practice problems, labs for all seven units of study. GPB offers the teacher toolkit at no cost to Georgia educators. A teacher toolkit will be available in September 2018. To preorder your teacher toolkit, complete and submit this form

Closer Look Videos

Some segments have associated Closer Look videos that are designed to individualize instruction. Each video allows teachers to explore a concept in much greater detail by working through three example problems that contain step by step solutions. Some Closer Look videos are designed for students who need additional help understanding a concept, while others are designed for students who might wish to learn more advanced details about a concept. If there is a Closer Look associated with a segment, it will be located in the “Support Materials” section under the segment video.

Safety

Please use an abundance of caution when directing students to prepare for an experiment. Teachers need to make careful decisions about how to instruct students in safety. We advise students to wear safety goggles and gloves as needed. You as the classroom teacher are ultimately responsible for the safety of students under your care and direction. Please take safety seriously.

A Word About Science

We hope that teachers and students approach science with a sense of wonder and humility. Science teachers are charged by their employers and by their peers to help students understand the current state of a scientific field as explained by the best science and engineering practices. Science is a method for focusing our minds on the causes of natural phenomena as understood through physical evidence. Science has changed our lives in countless ways, specifically because it is restricted to examining the physical evidence of natural phenomena. It is obvious that science cannot answer every question. As students arrive in your classroom with a wide array of previous experiences and understandings of the world, your job is to guide them and be sympathetic to any scientific misunderstandings. Our goal is for students to accept the premise that science produces testable ideas. As we accumulate new evidence, we modify our ideas. This is how we learn. Georgia’s science education will reap a rich harvest of extraordinary students if you teach them how to use the science and engineering practices in their daily lives.

Resources for Understanding the Nature of Science

National Science Teachers Association
http://www.nsta.org/about/positions/natureofscience.aspx

Georgia Science Teachers Association
https://www.georgiascienceteacher.org/

Science Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE)
https://www.georgiastandards.org/Georgia-Standards/Pages/Science.aspx

National Academy of Science
http://www.nas.edu/education/index.html

American Association for the Advancement of Science
http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/students/explore_by_topic/science_nature.html

American Association for the Advancement of Science
http://www.project2061.org/publications/sfaa/online/chap1.htm?

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/students/explore_by_topic/science_nature.html