Course Content (Syllabus)
This course is an introduction to fundamental physics’ concepts contained in primary school’s curriculum. A clearly presentation of the historical development of these concepts is attempted, starting from the draft concept of “force” introduced in 17th century and ending up with the introduction of the differentiated concepts of force, momentum, pressure, energy and power in 19th century. Students’ ideas on these concepts and on the interpretation of various natural phenomena are featured. It is pointed out that students’ ideas are generated by their linear causal way of thinking. An evaluation of differences among students’ ideas and that of the first scientists is attempted. The need of introducing differentiated concepts is featured and the connections among these concepts are clearly presented. This course sections’ are: Force • Force and motion • Momentum • The relation between force and momentum • Pressure • The relation between force and pressure • Energy • Power • The relation between energy and power.
Additional bibliography for study
Driver, R., Squires, A., Rushworth, P., & Wood-Robinson, V. (1998).Οικοδομώντας τις Έννοιες των Φυσικών Επιστημών: Μια Παγκόσμια Σύνοψη των Ιδεών των Μαθητών. Αθήνα: Τυπωθήτω - Γιώργος Δαρδανός
Hewitt, P. (2004). Οι Έννοιες των Φυσικών Επιστημών. Ηράκλειο: Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης