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TRAINING IN EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS THROUGH DEMONSTRATIONS AND PROBLEMS

Author(s) Rajesh B. Khaparde, H. C. Pradhan
Year of Publication 2008
Edition First Edition
Pages 328
Cover Type Soft Cover
Size 7.25" x 9.25"
ISBN-13 978-81-87972-34-1

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About the Book

About The Book

This book is an outcome of a research project carried out by the authors at the Homi - Bhabha Centre for Science Education. The project was aimed at developing innovative content and appropriate pedagogic strategies for the physics laboratory at higher secondary and undergraduate levels. The book is divided into two parts:

Part One presents a critical overview of training in experimental physics, which include the objectives and a brief history of physics laboratory training. It gives a classification of experimental activities and the importance and role of laboratory training. It explains what is meant by procedural understanding in physics and presents a model of science, based on the problem solving approach. It also offers suggestions for the selection and development of contents, instructional and evaluation strategies, and a course in experimental physics.

Part Two gives the necessary details of a set of ten experimental problems and demonstrations. In this part, each chapter is devoted to an experimental problem and a related demonstration. Each chapter is divided in to two sections, the first section deals with the demonstration. It begins with a statement of the objective of the demonstration followed by a teacher handout`, which provides all the necessary details of the demonstration along with references. The second section of each chapter deals with the experimental problem. It is divided in to four sub-sections namely, student handout, model answer, salient features of the experimental problem and possible modifications in the experimental problem, and the setup.

Contents

Contents

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION

  1. Training in Experimental Physics in Experimental Physics: An Overview: Introduction to Experimental Physics. Importance and Role of Laboratory Training. Objectives of Physics Laboratory Training. History of Physics Laboratory Training. Classification of Experimental Activities. Procedural Understanding in Physics. Model of Science. What is an Experimental Problem? References.
  2. Training in Experimental Physics: Some Suggestions: Selection of Contents: Selection of Experiments. Selection of Demonstrations. Selection of Experimental Setups. Development of Contents: Development of Experimental Problems. Development of Demonstrations. Innovative Instructional Strategy: Instructional Strategy for Demonstrations. Instructional Strategy for Experimental Problems. Comprehensive Evaluation Strategy. Course in Experimental Physics. References

PART TWO: DEMONSTRATIONS AND EXPERIMENTAL PROBLEMS

  1. Soft Massive Spring: Demonstration. Objective. Teacher Handout. Experimental Problem: Student Handout. Model Answer. Salient Features. Possible Modifications

  2. Uniformly Accelerated Motion: Demonstration: Objective. Teacher Handout. Experimental Problem: Student Handout. Model Answer. Salient Features. Possible Modifications
  3. Magnetic Physical Pendulum: Demonstration: Objective. Teacher Handout. Experimental Problem: Student Handout. Model Answer. Salient Features. Possible Modifications

  4. Electromagnetic Damping: Demonstration. Objective. Teacher Handout: Experimental Problem: Student Handout. Model Answer. Salient Features. Possible Modifications

  5. Magnetic Circuits: Demonstration: Objective. Teacher Handout. Experimental Problem: Student Handout. Model Answer. Salient Features. Possible Modifications
  6. Equipotential Curves: Demonstration: Objective. Teacher Handout. Experimental Problem: Student Handout. Model Answer. Salient Features. Possible Modifications

  7. Fourier Analysis: Demonstration: Objective. Teacher Handout> Experimental Problem: Student Handout. Model Answer. Salient Features. Possible Modifications.

  8. Rainbow: Demonstration. Objective. Teacher Handout. Experimental Problem: Student Handout. Model Answer. Salient Features. Possible Modifications

  9. Diffraction: Demonstration. Objective. Teacher Handout. Experimental Problem: Student Handout. Model Answer. Salient Features. Possible Modifications

  10. Polarization: Demonstration: Objective. Teacher Handout. Experimental Problem: Student Handout. Model Answer. Salient Features. Possible Modifications.

Appendices: 

  1. List of Essentials for Experimental Physics. 

  2. Sample Questions on Conceptual Understanding. 

  3. Sample Questions on Procedural Understanding. 

  4. A Sample Experimental Test. 

  5. Design of Digital Timer Unit. 

  6. List of Useful Books for Training in Experimental Physics.

Index.

About the Author

About the author

Rajesh B. Khaparde
In-charge, Physics Olympiad and NIUS (Physics) Cell, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai.

Rajesh Khaparde is currently an academic member of the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, with which he has been associated with for the past thirteen years.

After completing his M. Sc. in Physics from Nagpur University, he joined HBCSE as a Research Scholar. He received a Doctorate in Science Education from the University of Mumbai in the year 2002. He played an important role in developing laboratories for training in experimental physics at HBCSE, which are being used for the Physics Olympiad, NIUS and other programmes for students and teachers.

He was a leader of the Indian team for the International Physics Olympiad in 2004 ( South Korea ) and 2005 ( Spain ). He has been actively involved in various training programmes organized for students and teachers all over India. His other research interests include development of laboratory courses and teacher enrichment programmes, study of students conceptual and procedural understanding, development of novel low-cost measurement systems, optics and optical characterization. For Further Details Click Here!

H. C. Pradhan,
Professor & Dean of Faculty, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai.

H. C. Pradhan holds an M. Sc. from the University of Bombay and a Doctorate in theoretical physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has post-doctoral experience from McMaster University and the University of Wisconsin.

He led HBCSEs efforts in establishing laboratories for training students for International Olympiads. He was the leader of the first ever Indian team that participated in the international science Olympiad (IPhO-1998). His other interests include research in physics and mathematics education, teacher training and popular science. He has authored more than 50 research papers and 25 books. A winner of the Maharashtra State Government Award on science writing, he has contributed more than 100 popular science articles to periodicals in Marathi. He is the Vice-President of Marathi Vidnyan Parishad and a Fellow of the Maharashtra Academy of Sciences. He is also associated with several universities and educational organizations and regularly contributes to the writing of textbooks both in physics and mathematics for the NCERT.

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Key features

Key features

  • Gives a classification of experimental activities and the importance and role of laboratory training.
  • Explains what is meant by procedural understanding in physics and presents a model of science, based on the problem-solving approach.
  • Offers suggestions for the selection and development of contents, instructional and evaluation strategies, and a course in experimental physics.
Readership

Readership

Higher secondary and undergraduate students of Physics, Physics Olympiads Candidates

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Training in Experimental Physics Through Demonstrations and Problems: This book is the outcome of a research project carried out by the authors at the Homi- Bhabha Centre for Science Education. The project aimed at developing innovative content and appropriate pedagogic strategies for the physics laboratory at higher secondary and undergraduate levels. Part I gives an overview of training in experimental physics, a classification of experimental activities, and the importance and role of laboratory training. It explains procedural understanding in physics and presents a model of science based on the problem-solving approach. Also offered are suggestions for selection and development of contents, instructional and evaluation strategies. Part II covers experimental problems and demonstrations based on the concepts and their applications from Mechanics, Electricity, Magnetism, Electronics and Optics. The teacher handout details the demonstrations, while the student handout details the experiment problems. Finally, the authors list a number of possible modifications in the experimental problems and setups........... EFY October 2009

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