Jun 13-Aug 05, 2016
Credit: 3 undergraduate
Instructor(s): Robert Wilson
Course DescriptionThis course describes the workings of the world around us. The everyday: how a ball moves when it is thrown, the forces you feel on a roller-coaster, what happens when you turn on a light switch; and the esoteric: time and space from the perspective of Einstein's relativity, the basic structure of atoms and nuclei. The course is mostly at the conceptual level, with some simple algebraic problem solving. A unique feature of the class is a series of at-home experiments using simple materials to illustrate some basic ideas of physics.
Meeting Place and Times
This course is taught online. Course participants login and participate at a time of day that is convenient for them. The course is highly structured with assignment due dates every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday and with the expectation that you will contribute to on-line discussion several times each week. It is recommended that participants login at least 4 to 5 times per week and plan on spending 14 to 18 hours each week while the course is in session (a combination of online and offline activities) to successfully complete this 3 credit upper level intensive undergraduate course. If you need to be out of touch with the course for more than a couple of days at a time, we suggest taking the course at another time, as this will affect your ability to successfully complete the course. This is a full semester (15-week) course being taught in just 8 weeks, so the time commitment of about 18 hours per week is more intense than usual. Missing even a week would be the equivalent of missing 2 weeks of a full semester course.
Instructor(s)Robert Wilson. is retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at San Bernardino Valley College. He taught Physics there for 37 years and was also Director of the College Science Learning Center. Professor Wilson received his B.S. and M.A. from California State University at Long Beach.
PrerequisitesA Bachelor's degree and one year of teaching experience is required.
Target AudienceThis course is designed primarily for middle and high school science teachers.
Time Commitment:14-18 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
If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table below:
If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.
You are on your own to purchase the required text. See information below.
Text may be purchased from the publisher Cengage Learning (just type the ISBN in the "Student" search section). The text is available from other sources as well.
This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.
For More Information
contact Professor Bob Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Register
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