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University of Rochester Warner School of Education
Admissions Content Preparation - Physics Science (2012 standards)
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Part B - NSTA - Physics - Professional Organization Recommendations

NSTA 1. Content Teachers of science understand and can articulate the knowledge and practices of contemporary science. They can interrelate and interpret important concepts, ideas, and applications in their fields of licensure; and can conduct scientific investigations. To show that they are prepared in content, teachers of science must demonstrate that they:
NSTA 1.C.1. 1 Multiple way to organize Multiple ways we organize our perceptions of the world and how systems organize the studies and knowledge of science. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.1. 2 Scientific evidence and models Nature of scientific evidence and the use of models for explanation. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.1. 3 Measurement Measurement as a way of knowing and organizing observations of constancy and change. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.1. 4 Evolution of systems Evolution of natural systems and factors that result in evolution or equilibrium. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.1. 5 Interrelationships Interrelationships of form, function, and behaviors in living and nonliving systems. __1  __2  __3  __4

NSTA 1.C.5.a Content - Physics - Core Competencies All teachers of physics should be prepared lead students to understand the unifying concepts required of all teachers of science, and should in addition be prepared to lead students to understand:
NSTA 1.C.5.a. 1 Energy, work, and power. Energy, work, and power. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.a. 2 Motion, forces and momentum Motion, major forces, and momentum. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.a. 3 Newtonian laws and applications Newtonian principles and laws including engineering applications. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.a. 4 Conservation Conservation of mass, momentum, energy, and charge. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.a. 5 Physical properties Physical properties of matter. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.a. 6 Kinetic motion Kinetic-molecular motion and atomic models. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.a. 7 Radioactivity Radioactivity, nuclear reactors, fission, and fusion. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.a. 8 Waves Wave theory, sound, light, the electromagnetic spectrum and optics. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.a. 9 Electromagnetism Electricity and magnetism __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.a.10 Investigation Fundamental processes of investigating in physics. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.a.11 Environmental quality and health Applications of physics in environmental quality and to personal and community health. __1  __2  __3  __4

NSTA 1.C.5.b Content - Physics - Advanced Competencies In addition to the core competencies, teachers of physics as a primary field should be prepared to effectively lead students to understand:
NSTA 1.C.5.b.12 Thermodynamics Thermodynamics and relationships between energy and matter. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.b.13 Nuclear physics Nuclear physics including matter-energy duality and reactivity. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.b.14 Angular rotation and vector analysis Angular rotation and momentum, centripetal forces, and vector analysis. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.b.15 Quantum mechanics Quantum mechanics, space-time relationships, and special relativity. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.b.16 Subatomic structures Models of nuclear and subatomic structures and behavior. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.b.17 Light behavior Light behavior, including wave-particle duality and models. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.b.18 Electrical phenomena Electrical phenomena including electric fields, vector analysis, energy, potential, capacitance, and inductance. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.b.19 Environmental issues Issues related to physics such as disposal of nuclear waste, light pollution, shielding communication systems and weapons development. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.b.20 History Historical development and cosmological perspectives in physics including contributions of significant figures and underrepresented groups, and evolution of theories in physics. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.b.21 Research How to design, conduct, and report research in physics. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.b.22 Application Applications of physics and engineering in society, business, industry, and health fields. __1  __2  __3  __4

NSTA 1.C.5.c Content - Physics - Supporting Competencies All teachers of physics should be prepared to effectively apply concepts from other sciences and mathematics to the teaching of physics including concepts of:
NSTA 1.C.5.c.23 Biology Biology, including organization of life, bioenergetics, biomechanics, and cycles of matter. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.c.24 Chemistry Chemistry, including organization of matter and energy, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, and bonding. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.c.25 Earth Sciences Earth sciences or astronomy related to structure of the universe, energy, and interactions of matter. __1  __2  __3  __4
NSTA 1.C.5.c.26 Mathematics Mathematical and statistical concepts and skills including statistics and the use of differential equations and calculus. __1  __2  __3  __4