Montana State University

PHSX 591-803: The World of Motion

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Jun 27-Aug 05, 2016
Credit: 1 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $278.50
Instructor(s): Eric Brunsell

Course Description

Please register for CRN 11524
In this fast-moving six-week course, we will focus on the fascinating concepts of measurement and motion, and how they relate to hands-on physical science in the elementary classroom.

The goals of this course are to…

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the concepts of velocity and acceleration, central to a description of motion
  • Learn how to describe motion graphically and using data tables
  • Study how children’s concepts of motion are developed in the classroom setting
  • Become more effective users of inquiry-based curricular materials in teaching about motion
  • Learn about supplementary materials that help connect motion concepts to Native American cultures and communities
  • Develop our own professional community of course participants, sharing teaching ideas, expertise and experience

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 to stay current and successfully complete this 1 credit course.


Eric Brunsell, EdD. Intercollege Programs for Science Education, Montana State University


Bachelor's degree and preferably teacher certification with one year of teaching experience.

Target Audience

3rd through 8th grade teachers.

Time Commitment:

6-8 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

Required Books/Materials

  • All materials will be provided inside of Brightspace (D2L).

Optional Books/Materials:

  • We recommend you order a Go!Motion motion capture device. This can be ordered here: for approximately $109

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

Lisa Brown

How to Register

Call the Office of Continuing Education at (406) 994-6683 or toll free (866) 540-5660.

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