Overview

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Overview

A calculus-based introductory physics curriculum designed to completely replace traditional lectures and laboratories with sequenced activities. In a typical two-hour Workshop Physics class session, students work in groups of 3 or 4 to make and discuss predictions and then use equipment and computer tools for simple observations, data acquisition, visualization, analysis, and mathematical modeling.

Type of Method Full curriculum, Classroom structure
Level Designed for: Intro College Calculus-basedReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: High SchoolReferences coming soon, Intro College Algebra-based, (Explorations in Physics uses the Workshop Physics style of guided inquiry but it designed for use in non science major classes)
Setting Designed for: StudioReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon, LabReferences coming soon
Coverage Many topics with less depth, The topic coverage has been reduced by about 15% so it is between broad and deep.
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Modern / Quantum
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Teaching Assistants / Learning Assistants, Projector in class, Computers for student use in class, Computers for student use outside of class, Lab equipment for student use - professional, Cost for students, Tables arranged for group work
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understandingReferences coming soon, Coherent framework for physicsReferences coming soon, Self-confidence around physicsReferences coming soon, Enjoyment of physicsReferences coming soon, Laboratory skillsReferences coming soon, Representing knowledge in multiple waysReferences coming soon, Designing experimentsReferences coming soon, Think like a scientist, Creativity, collaborative skills
Can be adapted for: AutonomyReferences coming soon, Problem-solving skills, Reflecting on one's own learning
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, beliefs about physicsReferences coming soon, attitudes about physicsReferences coming soon, laboratory skillsReferences coming soon, retention of studentsReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, beliefs pre/post examsReferences coming soon, student interviewsReferences coming soon, research conducted at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods PhET, JiTT, ILDs, Physlets, RealTime Physics, SCALE-UP, OSP, LA Program, MBL, CPU, Responsive Teaching
Similar Methods ILDs, RealTime Physics, SCALE-UP, MBL, EiP
Developer(s) Priscilla Laws with contributions from Robert Boyle, Patrick Cooney, Kenneth Laws, John Luetzelschwab, David Sokoloff and Ronald Thornton
Website http://physics.dickinson.edu/~wp_web/wp_homepage.html