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Ch 4: MTEL Physics: Historical & Contemporary Relationships in Science

About This Chapter

View the video lessons in this chapter and explore the history of how the field of physics has developed and changed. Find out methods for approaching questions about contemporary physics as you prepare for the MTEL Physics test.

MTEL Physics: Historical & Contemporary Relationships in Science - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter discuss some of the biggest and most controversial findings within the field of physics. Examine theories about how the universe began, and consider ways in which science and technology have teamed up to make advancements in our everyday lives. As you make time to study for the MTEL Physics test, review these lessons to learn more about the following:

  • The Big Bang theory
  • Quantum physics
  • The works of Nicolaus Copernicus
  • The theory of relativity
  • Validity and reliability
  • The development of various scientific disciplines
  • Ethical considerations with physics research

All the video lessons in this chapter are arranged in brief, easy-to-follow sections so that you are less likely to experience information overload. Go through the video lessons at your own pace, and use the video tags to jump past topics you already know. Challenge yourself by completing the lesson quizzes, and evaluate whether you are ready for the MTEL Physics test by taking the chapter exam.

MTEL Physics: Historical & Contemporary Relationships in Science Objectives

In the four hours it takes to complete this 100-question test, individuals will be assessed on their knowledge of scientific theory and practice related to the field of physics. One hundred questions will be multiple-choice, but two questions will be designed for open-ended responses. Most of the direct questions about the history of physics and contemporary relationships will fall within the multiple-choice portion of the test, but individuals may be asked to expand upon these topics to develop written responses. Use the video lessons and transcripts within this chapter to help yourself be as ready as possible to answer these questions.

8 Lessons in Chapter 4: MTEL Physics: Historical & Contemporary Relationships in Science
The Copernican Revolution

1. The Copernican Revolution

This lesson will discuss a famous astronomer by the name of Nicolaus Copernicus, his early history, his revolutionary idea, and why his model of the universe was actually wrong.

Quantum Physics: Definition, Theories & Topics

2. Quantum Physics: Definition, Theories & Topics

In this lesson, you will learn what quantum physics, otherwise known as quantum mechanics, is, some of its theories and topics, and the weird consequences that go along with it. A short quiz will follow.

Origins of the Universe: The Big Bang and Expanding & Contracting Universes

3. Origins of the Universe: The Big Bang and Expanding & Contracting Universes

Students will learn the origins of the universe, the Big Bang theory, the timeline of the universe, how the universe is still expanding to this day, and what astronomers expect the universe to look like in the future.

Evidence for the Big Bang Theory: Background Radiation, Red-Shift and Expansion

4. Evidence for the Big Bang Theory: Background Radiation, Red-Shift and Expansion

Discover what evidence exists to support the Big Bang theory of the birth of the universe. Learn how cosmic background radiation, the red shift of light and the ongoing expansion of the universe led scientists to believe that the universe was started with the Big Bang.

Theory of Relativity: Definition & Example

5. Theory of Relativity: Definition & Example

Watch this video lesson, and you will learn about the theory of special relativity and how it applies to you. Learn how you can use one of the most famous equations from this theory to calculate the power inside just one tiny object.

Scientific Research & Technological Advancements: Risks & Benefits

6. Scientific Research & Technological Advancements: Risks & Benefits

How are science and technology related? What are the risks and benefits of technological advancement? Learn about how technology has improved our lives and created potential problems. After, take a quiz to see how your knowledge has advanced.

Engineering Design & Technical Applications of Physics

7. Engineering Design & Technical Applications of Physics

Learn about how engineering involves technical applications of physics, and be able to give multiple examples of engineering design in the real world. Take a quiz and see how much you know.

Reliability & Validity in Psychology: Definitions & Differences

8. Reliability & Validity in Psychology: Definitions & Differences

How do validity and reliability contribute to study design in psychology? In this lesson, you'll look at how experiments can fail reliability and validity requirements to get an idea of the challenges behind conducting significant psychological research.

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