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Overview

Curriculum for a large-lecture modern physics course for engineering majors, with an emphasis on reasoning development, model building, and connections to real world applications. Includes lecture presentations, clicker questions, homework, exam questions, PhET simulations, learning goals and suggestions for addressing common student difficulties.  Course development is based on interviews with physics and engineering professors, observations and discussions with students, and previous research.

Type of Method Full curriculum, Curriculum supplement, Tutorials, Computer simulations
Level Designed for: Intermediate UndergraduateReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Teacher Preparation, Teacher Professional Development, High School, Intro College Calculus-based, Intro College Algebra-based, Intro College Conceptual, Advanced Undergraduate, Graduate
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Large (30+ students)References coming soon, HomeworkReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Small (<30 students), Recitation/Discussion Session, Lab, Studio
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Topics Modern / Quantum
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Projector in class, Computers for student use outside of class
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Understanding how physics relates to the real worldReferences coming soon, Problem-solving skills, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Representing knowledge in multiple ways
Can be adapted for: Coherent framework for physics, Think like a scientist, Reflecting on one's own learning, Self-confidence around physics, Enjoyment of physics, Laboratory skills
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: scores on multiple choice conceptual testsReferences coming soon, scores on written conceptual testsReferences coming soon, beliefs about physicsReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, beliefs pre/post examsReferences coming soon, student interviewsReferences coming soon, classroom observationsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, JiTT, CGPS, Physlets, SCALE-UP, OSP, Thinking Problems, LA Program, CAE TPS, New Model Course, CPU, TEFA, CU QM, QuILTs, Paradigms, PI QM, Tutorials, Clickers
Similar Methods New Model Course, CU E&M, CU QM
Developer(s) Carl Wieman, Kathy Perkins, Sam McKagan
Website http://per.colorado.edu/modern
Intro Article Reforming a large lecture modern physics course for engineering majors using a PER-based design