Overview

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Overview

Curriculum for large-lecture modern physics class for engineering majors. Focus on reasoning development, model building, and real-world applications.

Type of Method Full curriculum, Curriculum supplement, Tutorials, Computer simulations
Level Designed for: IntermediateReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Teacher Prep Course, Teacher Professional Development, High School, Intro College Calculus-based, Intro College Algebra-based, Intro College Conceptual, Upper-level Undergraduate, Graduate School
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, Computers for students
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understandingReferences coming soon, Making real-world connectionsReferences coming soon, Problem-solving skills, Using multiple representations
Can be adapted for: Lab skills, Metacognition
Research Validation Based on research into: theories of how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: conceptual understandingReferences coming soon, beliefs and attitudesReferences coming soon
Studied using: student interviewsReferences coming soon, classroom observationsReferences coming soon, analysis of written workReferences coming soon, peer-reviewed publicationReferences 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