Fall 2009: Homework Week 7


Friends, Family, and Thermal Phenomena!

How often do you experience thermal phenomena in your life outside the classroom? While you are with a friend and/or family member, have a discussion about the thermal phenomena during one of your daily experiences. This could happen while cooking a meal, walking barefoot on a cold tile floor, filling a bathtub, etc. Describe what happened, what questions were asked, and what interesting ideas or learning came out of the conversation!


Attached Files: 2009FPh111Galileoexcerptevz.doc (34.5 KB) 2009FPh111H7.pdf (67.73 KB)

1) Revise the observation, patterns, and explanatory model sections of your moon paper as needed. Write the next section: what questions have you had about the moon? How do these observations, identification of patterns, and development of an explanatory model answer some of these questions?

2) Review of Thermal Phenomena:

(see graph in attached file)

You have this picture of a graph. Tell its story! Explain the flat parts and the steep slopes. What was happening? Use your prior knowledge, your observations of thermal phenomena, and powerful ideas to develop a coherent explanation.

3) Falling Objects Consider the issue and logical argument presented by Galileo in the Dialogue Concerning Two New Sciences: State the issue and his logical argument to refute Aristotle in your own words. Discuss your exploration of this issue in class: the experiment dropping objects, the Youtube video, and the experiment with the cart rolling up and down a track with different masses. Write for an audience who was not in class and has not read the Galileo reading – make sure that person can understand what the issue is, how Galileo argued to refute Aristotle, what you did, what you observed, and what you concluded from this evidence.

(YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C5_dOEyAfk)

Galileo excerpt is attached. (Click on submission link below)

4) Reading reflection:

Kurose, A. (2000). Eyes on science: Asking questions about the moon on the playground, in class, and at home. In J. Minstrell & E. H. van Zee (eds.), Inquiring into inquiry learning and teaching in science (pp. 139-147). Washington, D.C.: American Association for the Advancement of Science.
If you did not get a copy in class, to download the file, go to the American Association for the Advancement of Science website: http://www.aaas.org/programs/education/about_ehr/pubs/inquiry.shtml
for the book: Inquiring into Inquiry Learning and Teaching in Science Click on Part II: What Does Inquiry Look Like” Read pages 77-85 of the pdf file (pages 139-147 of the book).
a. Summarize! What are the key points or message the author is trying to convey in this article? b. Analyze! State and explain your opinions or feelings on this article! c. Synthesize! How might you take what you learned in this article to your own life: either in your classroom one day or your current learning situations.

5) How might you integrate technology into your classroom some day? Explain why is it important to do this. Submit your response here and post on BlackBoard Discussion Forum

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