Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

EDE 683 Modern Physics for Elementary School Teachers

3 lecture hours, 1 conference hour; 4 credits. An examination of modern physics topics of relativity and quantum mechanics and such offspring as nuclear and particle physics, cosmology, and 'grand unified theories.' Students explore ideas ranging from the fanciful (e.g. time travel) to the critically important (e.g. nuclear radioactivity). Emphasis is on understanding important concepts of modern physics rather than on mathematical manipulation. Intended for elementary school teacher candidates who wish to extend their own knowledge of modern physics and enhance elementary classroom curriculum. Prerequisite: Matriculation in Sequence I of the Graduate Elementary Education Program or EDE 604 or equivalent