NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1167130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Physics Meets Art in the General Education Core
Dark, Marta L.; Hylton, Derrick J.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v47 n3 p36-40 Jan 2018
This article describes a general education course offering, Physics and the Arts. During the development of this course, physics and arts faculty collaborated closely. We cover the usual physics phenomena for such a course--light, color, and sound--in addition to gravity, equilibrium, and spacetime. Goals of the course are to increase students' engagement with physics and to develop students' ability to conduct scientific investigations. After the first offering of the course, instructors added two objectives: to involve artistic works regularly and to reduce math anxiety among this group of nonscience students. The laboratory activities follow a guided inquiry style and are listed in the article. The culminating lab activity requires that students create an artistic work of their own design, and the goal of the piece is to present a physics phenomenon or idea. Assignments and assessments related to the culminating lab activity are described in detail. The course increases scientific engagement of our students.
National Science Teachers Association. 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000. Tel: 800-722-6782; Fax: 703-243-3924; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A