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NSCI 619B - Physics for Educators: Mechanics

  • 3 credits

NSCI 619B is a course in classical mechanics. Unlike most such courses, in which student effort is devoted largely to solving textbook-style problems, this course is organized around investigating phenomena in mechanics using the IOLab wireless lab system. The IOLab includes all of the sensors found on modern smartphones as well as a force probe and "wheel sensor.” Most topics found in an introductory college-level mechanics course (linear and rotational kinematics and dynamics, friction, oscillations, fluid statics, sound) are explored using those tools. In addition, students are introduced to the physics education research literature. A Science Lab Kit is utilized during this course.

Admission to MNSE program. Credit not allowed for both NSCI 619B and NSCI 680 A5.


Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate (GR) OR Professional (PR)

Important Information

Lab kits are essential to the learning experience of this course. To assure you receive your lab kit via mail in time for the beginning of the course, please register early. Course materials include the lab kit (shipped to students at no additional charge), instructor-developed content, and Open Educational Resources. Students should only need to purchase a piece of wood "hobby board" locally. International students, please register at least 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. If you are an international student and attempting to register within 6 weeks of the course start date, please contact Lynne Judish at for further instructions.


Cherie Bornhorst

Cherie graduated with a B.S. in Natural Sciences with a minor in Physics Education from Colorado State University. After graduation she spent 10 years teaching high school Physics in urban and suburban schools in Minnesota and Colorado. She's served as the CO/WY American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) President and started the Colorado Quarknet Center, which focuses on helping current high school teachers develop their skills and bring real research into the high school classroom setting. Cherie is also the long-time organizer of the Denver Area Physics Teacher Meetings, where she regularly brought together area Physics teachers to collaborate, share ideas and best practices. She currently works for the Little Shop of Physics, an informal science outreach program at CSU, sharing her love of science with K-12 students and working with area teachers to support science education in the local schools. Cherie feels very fortunate to be a part of the MNSE program and work with educators from around the globe who are also interested in continued learning and improvement of their practice.