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Physics With Video Lectures

Demonstrating On-Demand Content Using PowerPoint
There are several ways to present mixed textual, audio and visual information that is included in our lectures. A very widely available tool for viewing such lectures is PowerPoint. Using PowerPoint at this stage should not be interpreted to mean that Stellar Schools will use this particular program because we envisage developing a custom built presentation software system as we develop actual courses and when we have the resources to do so

Demonstrating On-Demand Content Using A Physics Course
Given the interest and background of Asora's founders in the subject of physics it seemed natural to embark on the production of a physics course. To show that the Stellar Schools format is capable of presenting what is arguably the most difficult course of its entire K-12 content we decided that the course should be calculus based and suitable for Advanced Placement students.

Running PowerPoint And Its Video Clips On The Web
The technology for streaming video over the Internet is now capable of delivering video lectures on demand and at very low cost. Based on the data transmission costs charged to this Website, we can estimate that a year's worth of Physics lectures will cost less than $1.00 to transmit over the Internet. In fact, you can watch four different PowerPoint presentations that are Physics related by using the links below.

Perhaps due to our lack of expertise in Web engineering, we have found that only the most robust browsers are capable of running the PowerPoint embedded video clips. Internet Explorer for the Mac runs it correctly. The video lecture clip on each page of the PowerPoint lecturettes is launched by double clicking (or single clicking) in the graphic/picture window. For those who can't run the video clips in the Web based PowerPoint they can alternatively download the PowerPoint file and its associated .mp4 video clip files and then run the lecturettes or presentations locally.

If you choose to view these Physics related presentations from this Website, then once PowerPoint is opened up on the Web, depending on your Internet connection's speed, you may need to wait a few minutes or more for the video files to download and populate your browser.

At this time we have only generated two lecturettes (a few percent) of the Physics With Calculus course. We have also produced PowerPoint versions of the presentation we gave in Lausanne, Switzerland in June 2008. More details follow in the next sections. Additionally, we have a video movie of the entire Lausanne presentation you can watch from this website.

Examples Of Course Materials Including Lecturettes
The examples shown here were produced in 2008 and are based on our plan to generate a calculus based physics course that follows the texts by Giancoli. It is designed to meet the Advanced Placement content standards for a calculus based Physics course. Lecturette notes, which comprise the primary textbook and the associated PowerPoint based video lecturettes are made available here. Refinements not present in our earlier Algebra 1 prototype are shown here, including four video "personalities" consisting of two instructors and two student questioners.

Not only are these PowerPoint presentations examples of how we might provide some of the Stellar School instruction, Lecturette #1 also provides considerable descriptive material about the instructional methods employed in Stellar Schools. It does this in the presentation to the students about the administrative details of the Physics With Calculus course. That presentation assumes that some of the students would have transferred into the Stellar Schools and thus would need a comprehensive description about the course structure and operation.

As has been the case with our Algebra 1 example, we use this course in Physics to provide another prototype of our courseware. We envisage the course being presented in several hundred short "lecturettes." We here present two of them: Lecturette 1 and Lecturette 149, which are the only two segments we have completed. For them we have the following instructional vehicles or avenues students can use to learn the material:

1. We have written lecture note textbook segments that we intend to be parts of the primary text for the course. You can download copies of them (written in MS Word) from the relevant lecturette page- either
Lecturette 1 Downloads or Lecturette 149 Downloads . We plan to give a printed hardcopy version of this material to each student.

2. A digitized version of this same textbook material will eventually be available on the student's computer.

3. As a secondary text we have adopted the Giancoli books,
Physics for Scientists & Engineers, Volumes I & II. We note that our lecture note textbook follows a similar instructional sequence. (It would have been the primary text if the publisher had not refused us permission to have a digital copy of it.)

4. The related PowerPoint files and their associated mp4 files are also available from the respective download pages at
Lecturette 1 Downloads or Lecturette 149 Downloads .

Finally, we can demonstrate the PowerPoint lecturettes directly for those who have suitable browsers. For example, on Apple computers, recent versions of Internet Explorer will correctly run the PowerPoint files. You could try running those links from the just mentioned download areas. When you find that your installation will not play these, we recommend downloading the needed files as just described in item 4. including all of the video clips.

The Lausanne Symposium Examples
Some of the video clips from the Physics With Calculus Lecturettes were also used in a pair of presentations prepared for a conference in Lausanne, Switzerland which was attended by research physicists as well as physicists interested in education.

The intended PowerPoint based presentation, edited to match the symposium time slot, can be downloaded or run from our
Lausanne Symposium page.

We also provide the actual video taped recording of Anderson's presentation on a subpage labelled:
Actual Lausanne Presentation

Alternatively, the longer unedited PowerPoint version can be accessed from our
Extended Lausanne Symposium page.