Models of Motion


Fall 2014, Winter 2015 and Spring 2015 quarters

Taught by

TBA-physics
(F,W)
linguistics, mathematics

Prerequisites

This introductory math and science program is open to students of all class levels who meet the math prerequisite: proficiency in precalculus, including algebra and trigonometry. Students can demonstrate meeting the math prerequisite by completing the mandatory mathematics assessment test, which will be available at the program website (blogs.evergreen.edu/motion) by the beginning of spring quarter 2014.

In this introductory program, we will integrate material from first-year university physics and calculus with relevant areas of history and scientific literature as we explore how mathematicians and physicists make sense of, and intervene in, the natural and human-created worlds. Students will be supported in developing a firm background in college-level science, becoming prepared for further work in the mathematical and physical sciences. Our aim is to learn to think and communicate mathematically and scientifically.

Scientists gather data, make observations, look for patterns, build models and use those models to predict behavior. Powerful models in physics help us explain interactions involving matter and energy. New models require new mathematical methods—for example, calculus was developed partly to understand models of motion. Even with powerful mathematics, a model may yield answers only in simplified circumstances. We can analyze more complicated physical systems by simulating them on a computer. Learning how to create and apply mathematical and computational methods to models in physics will be one of the major goals of this program.

The program will have a significant laboratory component, using hands-on investigations and computational tools to explore and analyze the nature of mathematical and physical systems; this work will take place in a highly collaborative environment. Workshops and seminar discussions will also allow for collaborative work on math and physics problems as well as an opportunity to explore connections between history, theory and practice. The program is intended for students with solid high-school level backgrounds in science and mathematics—in particular, a good grasp of precalculus (including algebra and trigonometry) will be assumed. Equally important for success, however, will be a commitment to working hard and learning together.

The work will be intensive—students should expect to spend over 50 hours per week engaged with material during and outside of class. We will learn process and content through readings, lectures, labs, workshops, seminars and projects. Students will have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their learning in individual and collaborative contexts, including in-class work, homework, papers, presentations and exams.

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

mathematics, physics, other natural sciences, engineering and math and science education.

Location and Schedule

Campus location

Olympia

Schedule

Offered during: Day

Books

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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning

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Required Fees

$200 in fall and $175 in winter and spring for overnight field trips and physics kits.

Special Expenses

Students will need to have devices capable of scientific calculation and graphing, such as graphing calculators or (recommended) smartphones/tablets/laptops with appropriate software. More information will be available at the program website (blogs.evergreen.edu/motion) by the beginning of spring quarter 2014.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter); 16 (Spring)

Variable Credit Options

Students with previous background in calculus are encouraged to take the program for 16 credits as the integration of calculus and physics enhances learning in both. However, students who have taken calculus may consult with faculty about partial-credit options.

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior; 25% of the seats are reserved for freshmen Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 48

Fall

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 10122
So (16 credits): 10123
Jr (16 credits): 10124
Sr (16 credits): 10125
(1-16 credits): 10126

Go to my.evergreen.edu to register for this program.

Winter

Accepting New Students

Conditions

Students will need to demonstrate prerequisite knowledge equivalent to mathematics and physics content covered in fall quarter. Contact Rachel Hastings (hastingr@evergreen.edu) for more information.

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 20071
So - Sr (16 credits): 20072
(1-16 credits): 20073

Go to my.evergreen.edu to register for this program.

Spring

Accepting New Students

Conditions

Students will need to demonstrate prerequisite knowledge equivalent to mathematics and physics content covered in fall and winter quarter. Contact Rachel Hastings (hastingr@evergreen.edu) for more information.

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 30055
So - Sr (16 credits): 30056
(16 credits): 30057

Go to my.evergreen.edu to register for this program.

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