Featured PER Resource Archive


Problem Based Learning for College Physics - May 1, 2014

This web site contains a collection of field-tested problem-based learning (PBL) activities for introductory physics classes. The site also includes background and references on the PBL approach.

Open Source Tutorials in Physics with Teaching Assistant Development - Nov 8, 2013

Guided inquiry activities for introductory physics, with information about effective use.

Physics for Scientists and Engineers: ActivPhysics Online - Nov 8, 2013

Online interactive tutorials for introductory physics, from Newtonian Mechanics and E&M through relativity and quantum physics.


ISLE: Investigative Science Learning Environment - Nov 1, 2013

This approach to teaching physics has students perform experiments and build models in a manner similar to physics research. Included are example labs and curricular materials, research results, and discussion boards.


Matter & Interactions - Jan 27, 2009

This is a chapter from Volume 1 of "Research-Based Reform of University Physics." It describes  Matter & Interactions, a modern calculus-based introductory curriculum that emphasizes the power of fundamental principles, and guides students through the process of starting from these principles in analyzing physical systems, on both the macroscopic and the microscopic level.


Context Rich Problems - Dec 27, 2008

This web site provides information on the creation and assessment of "Context Rich Problems". These problems place physics in a real-world context to help students develop problem-solving skills.


Spiral Physics - Nov 12, 2008

Spiral Physics is a research based introductory physics curriculum for both algebra-based and calculus-based introductory courses.


SCALE-UP: Student-Centered Activities for Large Enrollment Undergraduate Programs - Oct 13, 2008

The Student-Centered Activities for Large Enrollment Undergraduate Programs (SCALE-UP) Project has established a model for a highly collaborative, hands-on, computer-rich, interactive learning environment for large-enrollment courses.