Undergraduate Program in Physics Education

First Semester
Cr. ECTS
AE 111/ 112/ HSS Advanced English I or II or HSS Elective 3 3
CHEM 103 General Chemistry
Fundamental concepts of chemistry; atomic structure, periodic trends, chemical bonding, gases, liquids, solids, solutions.
3 7
ED 101 Introduction to Education
Basic concepts, principles and characteristics of education; social, political, philosophical, and historical foundations of education in general and the Turkish educational system in particular.
3 6
MATH 101 Calculus I
Functions, limits, continuity, differentiation and applications, integration, fundamental theorem of calculus, techniques and applications of integration, improper integrals and series, Taylor polynomials, power series, basic transcendental functions.
4 6
PHYS 101 Physics I
Vectors, kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, work and energy, conservation of energy, linear momentum and its conservation, rotation of rigid bodies about a fixed axis, angular momentum and its conservation. (One laboratory session every week.)
4 8
17
30
Second Semester
Cr. ECTS
---- Complementary Elective 3 5
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II
Fundamental topics in chemistry; thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility equilibrium, electrochemistry.
3 6
CHEM 109 General Chemistry Laboratory
The course covers basic laboratory techniques, identification of some compounds, simple reactions, stoichometric calculations related with reactions, solubility, kinetics and titration experiments. Note: Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 103 or CHEM 104 when registered for the first time except for chemistry students.
1 2
MATH 102 Calculus II
Vector calculus, functions of several variables, directional derivatives, gradient, Lagrange multipliers, multiple integrals and their applications, change of variables, coordinate systems, line integrals, Green's theorem, divergence theorem, Stokes' theorem.
4 6
PHYS 102 Physics II
Equilibrium of rigid bodies, oscillations, gravitation, fluid statics and dynamics, waves in elastic media, introduction to thermodynamics and kinetic theory, sound. (One laboratory session every week.)
4 8
15
27
Third Semester
Cr. ECTS
ED 211 Educational Psychology
Understanding the human potential, effectiveness and motivation. Human development and diversity. Problem solving, memory and creativity. Instruction and assessment in learning. Contemporary issues in educational psychology.
3 5
ED 221 Fundamentals of Guidance and Counseling
Introduction into the field of guidance and counseling; its conceptualization, historical background, nature, professional roles, direct and indirect functions. A brief review of career counseling, counseling with special groups, basic assessment techniques, and development of these services in Turkey.
3 5
MATH 201 Matrix Theory
Systems of linear equations, Gaussian elimination, matrix algebra determinants, inverse of a matrix, Cramer's rule, rank and nullity, the eigenvalue problem, introduction to linear programming.
4 5
PHYS 201 Physics III
Charge and matter, the electric field, Gauss law, electrostatic potential, capacitance, current and resistance, electromotive force and circuits, the magnetic field, Ampére's law, Faraday's law, inductance, magnetic properties of matter. (One laboratory session every week.)
4 6
PHYS 225/PHYS 221 Introduction to Earth Science/Thermal Properties of Matter
PHYS 221: Bernoulli, Poisson and Gaussian probability distributions. Random walk and diffusion. Thermal motion, molecular distribution of energy in crystals and gases, definition of temperature and the Boltzmann factor, statistical characterization of thermal equilibrium, entropy. Entropy and heat: second law of thermodynamics. Entropy of mixing. Open systems and free energy minimum principles. Applications of the equilibrium conditions: the Clausius-Clapeyron equation, Raoult's law, Henry's law, Osmotic pressure. Ideal gases with internal degrees of freedom. Third law of thermodynamics. Prerequisite: PHYS 102 or PHYS 130 or PHYS 121. PHYS 225: Matters and minerals. Rocks. Weathering, soil and mass wasting. Running water and groundwater. Glaciers, deserts and wind. Plate tectonics. Earthquakes and the Earth's interior. Volcanoes and igneous activity. Crustal deformation and mountain building. Geologic time. The Earth's evolution through geologic time.
3 6-5
TK 221 Turkish I 2 3
19
30
Fourth Semester
Cr. ECTS
---- HSS Elective 3 4
MATH 202 Differential Equations
First-order differential equations, second-order linear equations, Wronskian, change of parameters, homogeneous and non-homogeneous equations, series solutions, Laplace transform, systems of first-order linear equations, boundary value problems, Fourier series.
4 7
PHYS 202 Physics IV
Electromagnetic oscillations, AC circuits. Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, light and its propagation, reflection, refraction, geometrical optics, interference and diffraction, gratings and spectra, polarization, the particle-like properties of electromagnetic radiation: photons, Bohr model and the spectrum of the hydrogen atom.
4 6
SCED 240 Science, Technology & Society
Perspectives on scientific knowledge and scientific society; the reciprocal relationships between technology and society; contemporary issues related to science, technology, and society.
3 5
SCED 282 Principles and Methods of Instruction in Mathematics and Science
Learning theories, and approaches to curriculum development in mathematics and science; overview of history of mathematics and science education; concepts, principles, methods and techniques of instructional planning in mathematics and science education.
3 8
TK 222 Turkish II 2 3
19
33
Fifth Semester
Cr. ECTS
HTR 311 History of Turkish Republic I 2 3
PHYS 301 Classical Mechanics I
Review of basic mathematical tools used in mechanics. Dynamics of particles and systems of particles, motion under a central force, conservation of energy and momentum, dynamics of rigid body motion. Introduction to the mechanics of continua. Relativistic dynamics.
3 6
PHYS 407 Advanced Quantum Physics I
Fundamental concepts of relativity and quantum physics and their applications to the structure of single and multielectron atoms. Introduction to mathematical foundations of quantum physics. Emphasis on understanding quintal phenomena and order of magnitude estimates. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to PHYS 311.
3 7
SCED 320 Teaching Methods in Science I
Nature of science; scientific literacy; theoretical and conceptual approaches to teaching-learning in science education; teaching methods, strategies, techniques and principles specific to science; developing and critical analysis of lesson plans.
4 8
SCED 350 Secondary School Science Laboratory Applications I
Development, application and evaluation of science experiments designed for the secondary school science curriculum.
4 8
16
32
Sixth Semester
Cr. ECTS
CET 360 Instructional Technologies and Materials Development
The concepts and principles of educational technology as an integrated part of teaching and learning process. Basic information technology skills. Selection, development, implementation and evaluation of media with regard to learning theories. Employment of laboratories; audio-visual means, slides, graphs, films and printed materials; computer software including simulations, tutorials, drills, interactive learning environments, microworlds, intelligent systems and multimedia.
3 5
HTR 312 History of Turkish Republic II 2 3
PHYS 302 Classical Mechanics II
Review of conservation principles, oscillations in one dimension, damped forced oscillations, non-linear oscillations and introduction to classical perturbation theory. Oscillations in more than one dimension: coupled oscillations, normal modes and coordinates. Introduction to analytical mechanics. Lagrange and Hamilton's equations, conservation principles. Small oscillations, selected applications. Canonical transformations.
3 3
PHYS 380 Introduction to Electromagnetic Radiation
Review of Maxwell's equations, and derivation of their differential form. Importance of continuity equation and displacement current. Derivation of EM wave equation in vacuum, simple solutions and their basic properties, including Poynting's vector etc. Interaction of radiation with matter, physical basis of the index of refraction. Boundary conditions and simple discussion of reflection and refraction of EM waves from conductors and insulators.
3 5
PHYS 408 Advanced Quantum Physics II
Continuation of PHYS 407 involving applications of relativity and quantum physics to molecules, nuclei, radioactivity and nuclear reactions elementary particles, condensed matter physics, astrophysics and cosmology. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to PHYS 312.
3 6
SCED 370 Measurement and Assessment in Mathematics and Science Education
Methods of measurement and assessment in mathematics and science education; reliability, validity and practicality in assessment tools; developing tests measuring higher order thinking skills; grading student performance; item analysis; analysis and discussions of national and international assessments.
3 6
17
28
Seventh Semester
Cr. ECTS
---- Unrestricted Elective 3 4
ED 401 Classroom Management
Development of effective classroom management skills. Understanding and handling factors influencing student behavior, student motivation, communication and group interaction. Establishing and maintaining standards of behavior. Planning and modification of classroom tasks, materials, time and environment to facilitate learning.
3 6
SCED 404 Research Methods in Mathematics and Science Education
Survey of research methods related to mathematics and science education; planning a small scale research study focused on these areas.
4 8
SCED 441 Teaching Methods in Physics
General and specific objectives of physics education, selection and application of appropriate methods and media in teaching physics; recent trends and developments in teaching physics; micro teaching practices and evaluation of the teaching process.
4 8
SCED 450 Practice Teaching in Mathematics and Science
Critical observation of educational contexts and processes: school organization, school administration, teaching, daily routines, school-family cooperation and school resources; ethical issues in the teaching profession; supervised student teaching.
4 6
18
32
Eighth Semester
Cr. ECTS
---- Complementary Elective 3 4
---- Philosophy of Science / History of Science Elective 3 6
---- Environmental & Science Elective 3 4
---- PHYS Elective 3 4
SCED 442 Practice Teaching in Physics
Observation of physics instruction in schools; design of resource, unit and lesson plans; supervised student teaching in classroom or laboratory.
4 8
SCED 446 Current Trends in Physics Education
Examining and reflecting on the current topics in research and practice in physics education from various perspectives.
3 8
19
34