In this video Paul Andersen describes some of the properties of electromagnetic radiation. The electromagnetic spectrum varies by wavelength from radio waves to gamma rays. We only see a portion of the spectrum known as visible light. A number of phenomenon (including refraction, emission spectrums, and gamma radiation) are discussed. A teaching progression K-12 is also included.
In this video Paul Andersen describes some of the properties of waves. He starts be identifying particles and waves as the only phenomenon that can transfer energy from place to place. He identifies the defining characteristics of waves; wavelength, frequency and amplitude. He defines sound as the movement of compressional waves through air and resonance as waves interfering both constructively and destructively. A teaching progression K-12 is also included.
In this video Paul Andersen explains how systems can be used to understand phenomenon in science and create better designs in engineering. He starts by defining the characteristics of a system and describes how system models can be used to better understand the world. For example a system model of the water cycle can show the cycling of matter on the surface of the Earth. He ends with a progression of instruction for a K-12 science classroom.
Paul Andersen explains the importance of argumentation in improving both understanding and design. This video begins with a discussion of the heliocentric and geocentric model of the Universe that eventually lead to the Copernican Revolution. It highlights the importance of both informal and formal arguments. It finishes with a discussion of the educational progression including a great question.