Graphical Problem Solving in Physics, led by Kelly O'Shea and Michael Pustie
LODGING REIMBURSEMENT AVAILABLE: APPLY AT http://lodgingsu15.eventbrite.com
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Graphical methods for solving problems are elegant, connect to calculus, and support students who typically struggle with strict formulaic problem solving. In this workshop, we will see how to use diagrams (including vector addition, bar charts, and slopes and areas on various graphs) as problem solving tools in kinematics (1-D and 2-D), dynamics, momentum conservation (1-D and 2-D), and energy conservation. These approaches emphasize conceptual understanding and allow students to use diagrams as sensemaking tools while solving challenging quantitative problems. Students often enjoy thinking geometrically—and you’ve never seen as true a joy as when a student realizes she can use the Law of Sines outside of math class. Participants will see how these ideas can be introduced to students, will practice using the tools to solve problems, and will also practice student-centered discussion techniques through several modes of “whiteboarding” (http://kellyoshea.wordpress.com/whiteboarding/).
Cost: Graphical Problem Solving requires upfront payment of $199. Pay either the non-refundable $50 registration fee (with balance of $149 due May 15), OR the entire $199 fee by clicking the appropriate button above. All participants who complete workshop successfully receive $100 reimbursement, thus reducing net cost to $99.
Lodging Reimbursement. Reimbursement of up to $50 per night for lodging in NYC is available to a limited number of Graphical Problem Solving in Physics Workshop participants who live outside the NYC Metropolitan Region. Maximum reimbursement is $250 (5 days). More info and application at (lodgingsu15.eventbrite.com).
Prerequisite: One or more college-level algebra and trigonometry-based course(s) in physics.
Workshop is limited to 24 participants. Certificates of completion will be awarded.
This workshop will run for 1 full week (Mon., July 13, 2015 to Fri., July 17, 2015) in Manhattan, at Teachers College, Columbia University (Zankel Hall, 525 West 120 St., New York, NY). The workshop sessions are Mon. through Thurs., 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and Fri. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, followed by an optional social hour.
Please read the FAQs section below carefully before registering for this workshop. There are also other workshops being conducted at the same location, including: Mechanics Modeling (July 20-Aug 7), Chemistry Modeling (July 20-Aug 7), and Middle School Science Modeling (July 13-31).
Is this workshop free?
No. An up-front payment of $199 is required for this 1-week Workshop. First, when you register, you must pay either a $50 non-refundable registration fee or the full fee of $199. The $50 registration fee is part of the total $199 workshop fee. If you pay only the $50 reservation fee, you will receive an email with details about payment of the remaining $149, which will be due May 15. All participants who complete the workshops successfully will receive a $100 reimbursement; thus making the net cost only $99. We encourage teachers to apply for financial support to their schools and districts, as well as to local community organizations and foundations.
What is the workshop schedule?
Monday to Thursday: 9:00AM to 4:30PM with one hour lunch
Friday: 9:00AM to 3:00PM with one hour lunch, with optional informal social hour nearby 3:30-4:30.
Is there a pre-requisite for taking this workshops?
Yes. Participants are expected to have completed at least a full-year algebra and trigonometry-based college course in physics.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Is the reservation fee refundable?
No, the reservation fee is not refundable. Please be sure you are able to attend the workshop prior to registering for it. If you mistakenly register for 2 workshops that take place at the same time, we will not be able to refund the reservation fees.
Is the full workshop fee or the balance of the workshop fee (full fee minus the reservation fee) refundable?
As stated above, the reservation fee is not refundable under any circumstances: neither if it is paid separately nor if it is paid as part of the full workshop fee. Refunds for the balance of the full workshop fee (that is, the full fee minus the reservation fee) must be requested within one (1) week of payment and at least four (4) weeks before the start of the workshop and must be accompanied by an acceptable, documented explanation. Judgments about acceptability of explanations, documentation, and whether or not a refund will be issued are at the sole discretion of STEMteachersNYC and are final. Refunds will not include fees charged on the initial payment by Eventbrite, Paypal, credit cards, and/or banks.
Is my reservation/ticket transferrable?
No, please contact the STEMteachersNYC Registrar (Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org). if you need to transfer your reservation to a different person/name, or if you wish to transfer your registration to a different workshop.
Can I update my reservation information?
Yes, you can update your reservation information.
The name on the reservation/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
No, please contact the STEMteachersNYC Registrar (Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org) to address this.
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