Spring 2014 - SCE 4360 Science: Middle and Secondary School. Florida Atlantic University College of Education. Instructor: Dr. Ronald C. Persin University of Pittsburgh, B.S. Duquesne University, M. Ed. Florida Atlantic University, Ed.D.
Science: Middle and Secondary School
Florida Atlantic UniversityCollege of Education
Instructor: Dr. Ronald C. Persin
University of Pittsburgh, B.S.
Duquesne University, M. Ed.
Florida Atlantic University, Ed.D.
Phone : 561-251-1479 Email: [email protected]
(Office Hours by Appointment)
(Supplies: lined paper, pens, pencils)
Behavior and properties of the elements in nature.
Relationship between humans and their surroundings.
Study of living things (plants & animals).
Study of matter and energy.
Structure of the Earth and its place in the Universe.
Does music have an affect on plant growth?
Which kind of material is best for magnetic shielding?
Which paper towel brand is the strongest?
What is the best way to keep an ice cube from melting?
Can background noise levels affect how well we concentrate?
Do cellphone batteries charge at a uniform rate?
What is the best way to keep cut flowers fresh the longest?
Does the color of light used on plants affect how well they grow?
Which candle color burns fastest?
The Scientific Method
Original meter was one ten-millionth of the distance from North Pole to Equator along Prime Meridian.
In the early1900’s this was changed to a certain number of wavelengths of light from Kr-86. (605.78 nm)The Metric System
Système International (French)
1. Meter - length
2. Kilogram - mass
3. Second - time
4. Kelvin - temperature
Other units are derived (area, speed, density, force, energy, …)
Also, MKS vs CGS
5. Ampere - electric current
6. Candela - luminous intensity
7. Mole - amount of substance
Science vs. Technology
Technology is the application science to the natural world according to human wants and needs. (ITEA, 2000)
Apps: Organ cultures, Synthroid, Voyager 2, Sustainability, Data mining, Nuclear power, Crowd sourcing, and Apps.
Given with magnitude (size or amount) only
(Name a few more. Can be arithmetically combined.)
Given with magnitude and direction
(All shown with an Arrow. Can be combined with Algebra, Geometry, Trig, and Calculus.)
Practical Problem Solving
Ex. Cartesian diver – Rene Descartes (1596-1650)Technology involves:
Can you think of any fields that aren’t sciences?
Occam's razor is the principle that “entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity”, ie., the simplest explanation is usually the correct one.
Attributed to William of Ockham, 14th-century British mathematician/theologian.
From Einstein "Everything should
be kept as simple as possible, but
Ex. – Crop Circles (made by UFO’s/aliens or people?)
Ex. What is the average speed
of a falling object?
1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems. 2. Developing and Using Models.
3. Planning and Carrying out Investigations.4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data.
5. Use Math, Information/Computer Tech., Computational Thinking.6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions.
7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence.8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information.
Help students see science as a way of thinking and investigating as well as an accumulated body of knowledge.
Link science with student’s lives outside school.
Science lessons built from a small number of simple concepts.
Ex. Inertia before Newton’s
Laws of Motion, an Apple
for GravitationKey Ideas From the Text
Mnemonics (pronounced "ne-mon'-ics") is the art of assisting the memory by using a system of artificial aids - rhymes, rules, phrases.
Help to recall names, dates, facts, and figures.
1. To remember processes that define living things: MRS GREN.
Kids Prefer Cheese Over Fried Green Spinach.
i before e, except after c
Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, …
The principal is our pal.
Every Good Boy Does Fine.
1. Proper expression of measured and calculated values. (NGSS Standard)
2. Results must not have more significant digits than the least precise value.
Ex. Find the area 16.2 cm
A = _____
(more examples, Earth/Moon data, Speed of Light, …)
What is given?
Identify the unknown
Write the formula relating unknown to known
Solve the formula for the unknown
Substitute-in the known data and simplify
Ex. – The density of gold is 19.6 g/cm³. Find the mass of 10.0 cm³ of gold. Equation: D = m/V .
Standard Form is base x 10exponent
base is from 1.0 to 9.999…
if exponent is positive the value is greater than 1
if exponent is negative the value is less than 1
Ex. - Write 1 AU, 149,000,000,000 m, in standard form.
Expanded Form - move decimal point the number of places given by the exponent
Ex. - Write the Speed of Light, 3.0x108 m/s, in expanded form.
(more examples, radius of Earth, mass of Earth, Distance to Moon)Scientific Notation
Ex. How Number of Swimmers Relate to Air Temperature
Biology – study of living things, with Botany as the study of plants and Zoology as the study of animals.
Organic - study of compounds (nucleic acids, fats, fuels, sugars, proteins) containing Carbon with Hydrogen.
Inorganic - the study of those (salts, metals, minerals) with Carbon or Hydrogen.
2. Energy is the ability to do work, and measured in Joules..
3. The 2 types of energy are Kinetic (due to motion, K = ½ mv²), and Potential (due to position, U = mgh).
4. Forms of energy are mechanical, electricity, magnetism, light, heat, sound, chemical, and nuclear. All can be inter-converted.
5. Matter can be converted to energy, E = mc². (Games.)
Her work involves slowing down light to 17 m/s in an ultra-cold gas.
Spent 7 months at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics near Geneva.
Now teaches at Harvard.Scientists of Today
Dr. Lene Vestergaard
“After I discovered quantum physics, I've been hooked ever since. I would rather do science than go to the movies.”
Graduated from Vassar, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Then, Ph.D. from Harvard.
At MIT, she played a key role in the discovery of the gluon, the particle that holds quarks together to form protons and neutrons.
“Reading the biography of Marie Curie inspired me so much that I decided to devote my life to science.”
Dr. Sau Lan Wu
Brandeis University, B.S. in Physics and Mathematics.
Princeton, M.S., and Ph.D. in Physics.
Then to Harvard for teaching and research.
Appointed professor of Physics at Princeton.
Now, Professor in the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.
Leading proponent of String Theory.
(He could be our modern day Einstein.)
“If you are a researcher, you are trying to figure out what the question is as well as what the answer is.”
Most cited theoretical physicist in the world in the last five years.
Research in high energy physics is primarily related to finding the smallest particles of matter.
Dr. Lisa Randall
“I liked math because all the problems had answers. Everything else seemed very subjective. Early on, I realized I was thinking about the world a little differently than my friends.”
"You won't get in," Alexander recalls the counselor saying. But Alexander proved the counselor wrong.
After a BS at Haverford and a Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University, the counselor appears to have gotten it wrong. After his Ph.D., Alexander was at London's Imperial College.
Currently he is a member of the SLAC high energy physics group and Stanford's ITP (Institute for Theoretical Physics).
Professor at the University of Alabama, continuing to collaborate with the SNAP project.
Self-described “regular guy” from Mississippi, doesn’t remember exactly how he first became interested in science, but says, “I’ve always thought scientists were supercool.”Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, Astrophysicist
B.S. Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics - Vanderbilt University.
M.S. Mechanical Engineering - Georgia Tech.
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering - Georgia Tech.
Professor of Physics at Morehouse College.
- Analyzing Fatigue Properties of Nanostructures.- Computational Microstructional Analysis of Fatigue.
Most Recent Publication:
Bennett, V.P. and McDowell, D.L., Micromechanics of Microstructurally Small Surface Cracks in Polycrystals, Proc. ICF 10, Honolulu, HI.
"Only you put limitations on yourself - don't be afraid to reach for the stars."
He earned a B.S and an M.S. from Hofstra. Then a doctorate from NYU. Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Responsible for the design and operation of the Collider-Accelerator Dept at Brookhaven.
These include the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collier (RHIC), and cutting-edge R&D accelerators, such as the Energy Recovery Linac.
Accelerator RF systems are used to control beam energy, stabilize particle motion, and control the distribution or spread in energies among particles.
Dr. Freddy Severino
Harvard, 1984, B.S., Physics & Math
Oxford University, 1986, Ph.D., Rhodes Scholar.
Physics faculty of Cornell, 1990.
1996, joined Columbia University as professor of physics and of mathematics.
Founder and director of Columbia’s Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics, a research center seeking string theory’s implications for theories of cosmology.
“Scientists of Today”!