NSCI 680A5 - Physics for Educators-Mechanics

  • 3 credits
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NSCI 680 A5 is a course in classical mechanics. Unlike most such courses, in which student effort is devoted largely to solving textbook-style problems, this course is organized around investigating phenomena in mechanics using the IOLab wireless lab system. The IOLab includes all of the sensors found on modern smartphones as well as a force probe and "wheel sensor". Most topics found in an introductory college-level mechanics course (linear and rotational kinematics and dynamics, friction, oscillations, fluid statics, sound) are explored using those tools. In addition, students are introduced to the physics education research literature.

This course can be applied towards:


Enrollment in MNSE programs. Written consent of instructor.

Important Information

Lab kits are essential to the learning experience of this course. To assure you receive your lab kit via mail in time for the beginning of the course, please register early.

All course materials besides the lab kit (which is shipped to students at no additional charge) and instructor-developed content are Open Educational Resources, available at no cost online.

International students, please register at least 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. If you are an international student and attempting to register within 6 weeks of the course start date, please contact Lynne Judish at Lynne.Judish@colostate.edu for further instructions.”


Martin Gelfand
Martin Gelfand

(970) 491-5263 | Martin.Gelfand@colostate.edu

Dr. Gelfand received a Ph.D. from Cornell University and held postdoctoral research positions at University of California, Los Angeles and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign before joining the Physics department at Colorado State University. His research area is theoretical and computational condensed-matter physics. Some examples of the diverse problems he has contributed to include magnetic flux structures in thin-film superconductors, model calculations for quantum spin systems, and electronic properties of alkali fullerides.

Dr. Gelfand has a long-standing interest in the ideas and innovative teaching methods coming out of the physics education research community and has served on the American Physical Society Committee on Education. He is delighted to have an opportunity to contribute directly to the professional development of science educators.