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Kelly, Angela M. – Physics Teacher, 2011
One of the greatest challenges in teaching physics is helping students achieve a conceptual understanding of Newton's laws. I find that students fresh from middle school can sometimes recite the laws verbatim ("An object in motion stays in motion..." and "For every action..."), but they rarely demonstrate a working knowledge of…
Descriptors: Enrichment Activities, Physics, Motion, Teaching Methods
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Kelly, Angela M.; Sheppard, Keith – Physics Teacher, 2008
Despite reports to the contrary, the availability of physics as a course for high school students is not equitably distributed throughout the United States. While some schools provide physics for all who wish to take it, a more common scenario is limited availability, often open only to the few students who have completed the necessary…
Descriptors: Physics, High School Students, Secondary School Science, Urban Schools