Workshop Physics is an activity-based approach to teaching calculus-based introductory physics in which traditional lectures are replaced by student investigation. Students do experiments in which they make predictions as well as observations and analysis; they perform guided derivations of major concepts; and they use computer tools to develop mathematical models. Sample activities are available for view, as well as one full module on the topic of Oscillations, Determinism, and Chaos. Also available for free download is the Workshop Physics software, developed to allow students to use a custom toolbar to create scatter plots for data analysis using Excel spreadsheets. Software versions are available for both Mac and PC formats. Author-developed exams and assessments are also provided for registered teacher-users.
Workshop Physics was developed and class-tested by Priscilla Laws of Dickinson College and coworkers.
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