This physics course was designed to expose teachers of introductory physics, from novice to experienced, to effective tools for teaching physics at the high school level. Course participants learned (or re-learned) basic concepts, including Newton’s laws, motion, momentum, and energy. The course allowed them to become more competent and engaging teachers by familiarizing themselves with the historical development of these concepts, and with the physics education research literature about ways to teach the concepts effectively. They learned to employ research-based methods to help their students succeed in physics. The course was offered on edX in 2015.
Force and Motion: Pedagogical Content
Course Introduction Video
Andrew Duffy has taught Introductory Physics at Boston University since 1996, and is particularly interested in applying new technologies to help students learn. He has also written a dozen iOS apps dealing with physics concepts, and hundreds of physics simulations, including many in this course.
Peter Garik is a physicist who has been engaged in science education since 1990. He has a particular interest in the professional development of physics teachers and in their use of the history of physics.