**Winston-Salem State University
Integrated Physics and Pre-calculus
Deva Sharma, Physical Sciences WSSU
Majid Saadat, Mathematics Department WSSU**

**Target Audience: **Freshman Science Majors

**Pedagogy: **Team Taught using group
discussions and hands-on lab activities

**Goal: **Scientific Problem -Solving

**Description: **An integrated Physics/Math
course for Freshman Science majors to be taught by a team of two professors using
group-discussion and hands-on-experiments pedagogy is described. This course is designed
to instill in students an appreciation of the connections between physical phenomena and
the beauty of mathematical modeling to explain these phenomena.

**Credit: 7 Semester Hours
Prerequisite: College Algebra**

This is the first semester of a one-year introductory physics and pre-calculus course. The first semester physics course includes the study of mechanics, properties of matter, wave motion, and heat. The pre-calculus component will include vectors, algebraic, and trigonometric functions.

**Rationale**

Because of departmentalization of physics and mathematics courses, students often fail to
see the connections between physical phenomena and mathematical modeling needed or used to
explain these physical phenomena. Also if students take physics and mathematics at
different times (semesters) they tend to forget the material, and therefore end up
relearning either physics concepts or mathematical applications used in explaining the
physical concepts. In this integrated physics and pre-calculus course, a cohort of twenty
(20) to twenty-five (25) students will simultaneously enroll in the two courses. The
integrated course will be taught back to back by a team of two professors. The professors
will meet twice a week and attend each other’s classes at least once a week.

**Pedagogy**

The course will start with an experiment in physics laboratory. The physics principles
related to the experiment will be discussed in physics (hour) component of the course
while a mathematical model complete with equations will be developed in the math hour
(component) of the course. An example of this is the projectile experiment done in most
physics courses and the projectile problems solved in most pre-calculus courses.

The students enrolling in the integrated Physics/Math course will work in groups of four. First, each group will discuss a topic and come to a consensus. After the groups have finished discussion, a representative from each group will summarize the group discussion and write the results on chalkboard. After all groups have their ideas on the board, the instructor will lead a discussion to bring to closure to discuss (not to circle the wagon).

**Course Goals**

This course is designed to instill in students an appreciation of the connections between
physical phenomena and the beauty of mathematical modeling to explain these phenomena.

**Course Evaluation/ Assessment**

The evaluation strategies will include:

**Note**

At this point, evaluation strategies and their weights are listed. Detailed assessment
strategies will be developed during the next couple of months.

The course portfolio will include lab reports.

**Integrated Course Topics**

Motion Vectors Force and Motion Energy Momentum Rotational Motion Equilibrium Waves Thermal Properties Heat and Thermodynamics |
Functions and Graphs Quadratic Functions Trigonometric Functions Vectors Projectile Motion Gravitation and Circular Motion Harmonic Functions Exponential Functions System of Equations Trigonometric Identities |

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