COURSE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of the course is to develop competencies of pre-service physics teachers to independently prepare, perform and interpret physics school experiments. The emphasis is on the student and demonstration experiments which help students to acquire a physical experience of new phenomena. Experiment and corresponding discussion are essential for further generalization and development of physical ideas.
COURSE DESCRIPTION AND SYLLABUS:
1. Introduction lecture on work in the laboratory, demonstration experiments.
2. Conceptual understanding of physics - the initial test and discussion.
3. Introduction to kinetic molecular theory and molecular phenomena.
4. Laws of motion.
6. Simple electrical circuits.
7. Geometrical optics.
8. Conceptual test and discussion.
10. Electromagnetic induction.
11. Pressure in liquids and gases.
12. Basic laws of electricity.
13. Physical optics
14. Conceptual test and discussion.
15. Extra lab time.
Exercise 3 to 7 and 9 to 13 are carried out cyclically.
TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT METHODS: Classes are held in the laboratory, students perform experiments and measurements, along with the discussion on the physical laws and methods for demonstration of experiments in classroom. After the tutorial, students get three short questions/problems that they answer in writing. Next week they are examined orally about the tutorial, and their answers to short questions/problems are also discussed. Students write an initial test and two conceptual tests per semester. The test results are discussed with each student individually.