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PHSX 591-802: Physics of Renewable Energy for Teachers

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Online
Jun 02-Aug 22, 2014
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $835.50
NSTA members 10% discount
Instructor(s): Dr. Nicholas Childs

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Course Description

This course is intended to provide secondary physics teachers with a connection between topics in renewable energy sources to Next Generation Science Standards in physics. The goal of the course is to improve their pedagogical knowledge related to teaching the physics associated with renewable energy sources. Students will focus on developing classroom materials related to the subject.

During this online course, participants will complete a series of online units centered on bringing the physics of renewable energy sources into a high school physics classroom. Students will develop an understanding of the underlying physics associated with renewable energy sources. As this course is intended for classroom teachers, instruction will place an emphasis on creating classroom materials appropriate for secondary science classrooms and consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards. Energy sources covered include power derived from nuclear fusion/fission, wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, hydrogen, biomass and water waves. World energy consumption and energy storage will also be covered.

    Objectives - Students who successfully complete this course will be able to do the following:
  • 1. Describe the current and projected world energy usage.
  • 2. Describe the necessity of renewable energy sources.
  • 3. Explain how energy is obtained from various renewable energy sources covered in the course.
  • 4. Demonstrate mastery of underlying physics concepts utilized in renewable energy sources covered in the course.
  • 5. Identify Next Generation Science Standards associated with topics in renewable energy.
  • 6. Show the ability to encorporate the underlying physics of renewable energy sources into the teaching of introductory level physics.

Syllabus (PDF) | Syllabus (.docx)

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 10 - 14 hours each week the course is in session, working on course requirements, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit course. The time estimate above includes both the time teachers will spend online participating in group discussions and the time spent offline working on assignments and projects.

Instructor(s)

Dr. Nicholas Childs, PhD. Assistant Teaching Professor. Dr. Childs taught high school physics in New York prior to attending Montana State University and obtaining his Ph.D in Physics. He also holds a M.S. degree in Science Education in Physics from Buffalo State University.

Prerequisites

Graduate standing; one year of teaching experience.

Target Audience

Secondary physics teachers.

Time Commitment:

9-12 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

 Tuition$799.50
 Program Fee $25.50
 Computer Fee$10.50
 Total$835.50

NSTA Members are eligible to receive a 10% discount on tuition. Enter your NSTA Membership Number when you are asked for it on the registration form.

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Required Books/Materials

  • Sustainable Energy, second edition
    By Jefferson W. Tester, Elisabeth M. Drake, Michael J. Driscoll, Michael W. Golay and William A. Peters
    ISBN: 9780262017473

Teachers are on their own to pick up a copy of the text before the course begins.
Available from The MIT Press or another bookstore of your choice.

Computer Requirements:

  • Computer running Windows XP Service Pack 3 or newer or Mac OS X.5 (Leopard) or higher
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet access

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

about registration, please contact Kelly Boyce by phone at (800)282-6062 or (406)994-6812, or by email at kboyce@montana.edu.

For questions regarding course content, contact Dr. Nicholas Childs at nchilds@physics.montana.edu.

How to Register

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