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Browse the different PER groups and their descriptions on the PER Program Map.

For the Classroom

SEI Upper-Division Quantum Mechanics I Transformed Course Materials

SEI Upper-Division Quantum Mechanics I Transformed Course Materials
This web site provides research-based materials for junior-level quantum mechanics 1 courses. Topics covered include the Schrödinger equation, bound state problems, Hilbert space and operators, the hydrogen atom, and spin. The course archives include documented student difficulties, learning goals, ConcepTests (clicker questions), class activities, homework, tutorials, and a conceptual assessment tool.

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Research Instruments

Energy Concept Assessment

Energy Concept Assessment
The Energy Concept Assessment, developed by Lin Ding, is designed to evaluate students' conceptual understanding of energy in algebra- or calculus-based introductory physics courses.

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Physics Education Research Conference 2017
PERC 2017 will be held July 26-27, 2016 in Cincinnati, OH.  The theme will be "Mathematization and Physics Education Research."

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Dec 29 2016 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings
Dec 29 Teachers' explanations of student difficulties with gravitational potential energy
Dec 29 Theoretically Framing a Complex Phenomenon: Student Success in Large Enrollment Active Learning Courses
Dec 29 Developing student attitudes in the first-year physics laboratory

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