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written by Marcos D. Caballero and Steven J. Pollock
Reliable and validated assessments of introductory physics have been instrumental in driving curricular and pedagogical reforms that lead to improved student learning. As part of an effort to systematically improve our sophomore-level Classical Mechanics and Math Methods course (CM 1) at CU Boulder, we are developing a tool to assess student learning of CM 1 concepts in the upper-division. The Colorado Classical Mechanics/Math Methods Instrument (CCMI) builds on faculty-consensus learning goals and systematic observations of student difficulties. The result is a 9-question open-ended post-test that probes student learning in the first half of a two-semester classical mechanics / math methods sequence. In this paper, we describe the design and development of this instrument, its validation, and measurements made in classes at CU Boulder.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 81-84
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DOI:
10.1119/perc.2013.pr.008
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PERC 2013, assessment, measurement, mechanics
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M. Caballero and S. Pollock, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13113&DocID=3662).
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M. Caballero and S. Pollock, Assessing Student Learning in Middle-Division Classical Mechanics/Math Methods, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13113&DocID=3662>.
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Caballero, M., & Pollock, S. (2013, July 17-18). Assessing Student Learning in Middle-Division Classical Mechanics/Math Methods. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved October 24, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13113&DocID=3662
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Caballero, Marcos, and Steven Pollock. "Assessing Student Learning in Middle-Division Classical Mechanics/Math Methods." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13113&DocID=3662 (accessed 24 October 2014).
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Caballero, Marcos, and Steven Pollock. "Assessing Student Learning in Middle-Division Classical Mechanics/Math Methods." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 81-84 of PER Conference. 24 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13113&DocID=3662>.
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