Bozeman, MT
Jul 13-Jul 24, 2015
Credit: 3 undergraduate
Tuition & Fees: $915.50
Instructor(s): Greg Francis

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Course Description

Physics 403 is a continuation of the Physics 401 experience, but it may also be taken concurrently with Physics 401. The course will begin with a careful investigation of geometrical optics, leading to an understanding of pinhole cameras, lenses, and prisms. This will be followed by an exploration of magnetic interactions and magnetic materials.

The curriculum used will be the Physics by Inquiry modules developed by the Physics Education Group at University of Washington. This curriculum is based on two decades of research on student misconceptions. Each activity is designed to elicit those misconceptions known to block learning, and to allow the student to confront and resolve the difficulties.

Physics 401 is either a prerequisite or a co-requisite for Physics 404.

Meeting Place and Times

Week 1 & 2 - MTWRF 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: AJM Johnson Hall, Room 121


Greg Francis, PhD. Department of Physics, Montana State University


Graduate standing.

Target Audience

Restricted Entry for Science Educators

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $238.70
 Computer Fee$10.50
 Distributed Learning Fee$0.00

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

  • Physics By Inquiry Volume 1 & 2, by McDermott and Shaffer. Willey Publishing. ISBN # 9780471548706.

Textbooks are available from Montana State University Bookstore at 1-888-247-2546. Ask to speak with the Textbook Department. It will expedite your order if you tell the sales representative:

  • the course number (PHYS 403)
  • the title of the text
  • that the course is offered through Extended University.

For More Information

contact Diana Paterson at or 406-994-5679.

How to Register

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