Overview

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Overview

A modern calculus-based introductory curriculum with an emphasis on the application of fundamental principles and on the atomic nature of matter.

Type of Method Full curriculum
Level Designed for: Intro College Calculus-basedReferences coming soon, Teacher Professional Development
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Large (30+ students), Lecture - Small (<30 students)
Can be adapted for: Studio
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Modern / Quantum
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs TAs / LAs, Projector, Computers for students, Cost for students
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understandingReferences coming soon, Model-building, To see clearly that a small number of fundamental principles can explain a very wide range of phenomena, To apply fundamental principles to new problems, To see the place of classical physics in the larger physics framework, Computational skills
Can be adapted for: Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon
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, research at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon, research by multiple groupsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, TIPERs, SCALE-UP, OSP, Thinking Problems, LA Program, CAE TPS, MBL, CPU, SCL, TEFA, Clickers
Similar Method None
Developer(s) Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood
Website http://www.matterandinteractions.org/