Skylight's Supper Series on science education provides a place for faculty members to participate in interactive seminars on teaching and learning issues presented by their colleagues. Meet your peers, enjoy a light meal and refreshments, share your thoughts, and hear about the exciting progress our science community is making in learning and teaching.
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Upcoming Seminar: September 24, 2019
Pushing the boundaries of science demonstrations with modern technology: Using slow-motion videos in Physics 101
Presenters: Marina Milner-Bolotin, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, and Valery Milner, Physics and Astronomy
We will describe the benefits and the challenges of using modern technology for designing and implementing in-class science demonstrations. We suggest that state-of-the-art instrumentation, such as a fast-speed video camera, can turn traditional lecture demonstrations from mere entertainment to an effective means for physics learning. We will showcase a Slow Motion Chamber, an experimental set-up that we have used as a demonstration tool in large introductory physics lectures. Finally, we will provide examples of experiments used in introductory physics courses, which greatly benefit from the analysis of a slow motion playback, and suggest how instructors can help students experience physics in action during lectures.