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12535Teach Science Methods
http://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13304
This web site provides a curated and searchable database of videos designed to teach students experiment methods and techniques. Topics of the videos include set up and operation of experimental equipment, data analysis, numerical tools, and introductions to the physics studied in many experiments. The videos have been produced by different individuals and institutions.
In addition to physics, videos are available for biology, chemistry, and psychology.General Physics/Collectionshttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13304Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:59:43 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13304EjsS Reader for Mobile Platforms
http://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13311
The EjsS Reader App lets users download, organize and run JavaScript simulations created with Easy JavaScript Simulations (EjsS) version 5.0 and later for use on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. The Reader comes with a number of demo simulations, including a collection of Physlet Illustrations, to start your own personal library. The Free Reader allows users to add up to five (5) additional simulations while the Pro Reader has no limit in the number of simulations that can be stored.
The EjsS Reader connects to online digital libraries, such as ComPADRE, and downloads simulations that can later be run without an Internet connection. It is available for Android in the Google Play Store and for iOS in the Apple Store. Search for EjsS in these stores.Education Practices/Instructional Material Design/Simulationhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13311Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:38:13 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13311QM Measurement Package
http://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=9773
The QM Measurement Launcher package is a self-contained file for the teaching of the measurement (E, x, and p) of energy eigenstates and their superpositions in quantum mechanics. The file contains ready-to-run OSP programs and a curricular materials. One can choose from several pre-set states to perform measurements on: energy eigenstates, two-state superpositions, and wave packets.
The QM Measurement package includes two supplemental documents (see below) that contain curricular worksheets in support of the package.
The QM Measurement package is an Open Source Physics curricular package written for the teaching of quantum mechanics. It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. Double clicking the osp_superposition.jar file will run the package if Java is installed. Other quantum mechanics packages are also available. They can be found by searching ComPADRE for Open Source Physics, OSP, or Quantum Mechanics.Quantum Physics/Foundations and Measurementshttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=9773Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:14:48 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=9773Paradigms in Physics: The Concept of Flux
http://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13300
This kinesthetic activity is designed to introduce upper-division undergraduate students to a geometric concept of flux. Students create vector fields with rulers and the instructor uses a hula hoop as a surface element. The whole class discussion focuses on what it means geometrically to take the dot product of a vector with the surface element.
This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.Electricity & Magnetism/Electric Fields and Potential/Electric Fieldhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13300Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:48:20 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13300Concept Tests and Course Materials from CU Boulder
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This web page contains several collections of course resources for courses taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Courses range from introductory and general education to junior and senior level. The upper-division course materials are developed as part of active education research projects. The lower-division materials are more informal and come from a variety of sources. There is a focus on concept test questions that can be used for Peer Instruction.General Physics/Collectionshttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13305Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:11:43 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13305Paradigms in Physics: Ampere's Law
http://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13294
This small group activity is designed to help upper-division undergraduate students practice using the symmetry arguments necessary for Ampere's Law. Students are asked to find the magnetic field using Ampere's Law for radially-varying steady current distributions inside a cylindrical shell and to make explicit symmetry arguments using Proof by Contradiction as part of their solution. The compare and contrast wrap-up discussion focuses on the fact that all examples have zero field inside the shell; smooth and continuous, but different answers within the shell; and look like an infinitesimally thin wire outside the shell.
This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.Electricity & Magnetism/Magnetic Fields and Forces/Ampere's Lawhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13294Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:27:55 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13294Paradigms in Physics: Visualizing Curl
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This computer visualization activity is designed to provide upper-division undergraduate students with a geometric understanding of curl. Students use Maple/Mathematica and the definition of curl as circulation per unit area to learn how to estimate the value of the curl at any point for a variety of vector fields. The whole class discussion focuses considering the curl at many different points and on choosing an area that respects the symmetry of the field.
This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.Mathematical Tools/Vector Calculus/Curlhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13295Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:21:01 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13295Paradigms in Physics: Acting out Current Density
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This kinesthetic activity is designed to provide upper-division undergraduate students with an embodied understanding of current density and total current. Students move around the room to act out linear, surface and volume current densities. The whole class discussion focuses on the meaning of "steady" current, what is "linear" about linear current density, and the idea of current as the flux of current density.
This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.Electricity & Magnetism/Magnetic Fields and Forces/Fields and Currentshttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13296Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:48:46 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13296Paradigms in Physics: Visualizing Divergence
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This computer visualization activity is designed to provide upper-division undergraduate students with a geometric understanding of divergence. Students use Maple/Mathematica and the definition of divergence as flux per unit volume to practice estimating the value of the divergence at any point for a variety of vector fields. The whole class discussion focuses on considering the divergence at many different points and on choosing a volume that respects the symmetry of the field.
This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.Mathematical Tools/Vector Calculus/Divergencehttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13297Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:43:12 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13297Paradigms in Physics: Calculation of Flux
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This small group activity is designed to help upper-division undergraduate students learn how to calculate flux in curvilinear coordinates. Students calculate the flux of a simple vector field through a cone. The wrap-up discussion addresses how to find the differential area element on a surface that is not a “coordinate equals constant” surface and also reinforces the concept that only the component of the vector field perpendicular to the surface contributes to the flux.
This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.Electricity & Magnetism/Electric Fields and Potential/Electric Fieldhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13298Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:38:57 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13298Paradigms in Physics: Visualizing Electric Flux
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This computer visualization activity is designed to help upper-division undergraduate students visualize the flux of the electric field of a point charge through a cube. Students use Maple/Mathematica to explore the effects of putting a point charge at various places inside, outside, and on a cubical Gaussian surface. The wrap-up discussion highlights the “discovery” of Gauss's Law by using Maple/Mathematica to calculate the total flux through the cube.
This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.Electricity & Magnetism/Electric Fields and Potential/Electric Fieldhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13301Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:33:49 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13301Paradigms in Physics: Gauss's Law
http://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13302
This small group activity is designed to help upper-division undergraduate students practice using the symmetry arguments necessary for Gauss's Law. Students are asked to find the electric field using Gauss's Law for either a spherically or cylindrically symmetric charged shell of finite thickness and must make explicit symmetry arguments using Proof by Contradiction as part of their solution. The compare and contrast wrap-up discussion on symmetry focuses on the fact that all examples have zero field inside the shell, different answers within the shell, and answers that depend only on the total charge on the shell for points outside the shell.
This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.Electricity & Magnetism/Electric Fields and Potential/Gauss' Lawhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13302Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:56:18 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13302EjsS Wave Illustration Package
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The EjsS Wave Illustration Package contains JavaScript adaptations of Physlet Illustrations from Physlet Physics Chapter 17. Students need to interact with the Physlet, but the answers to the wave questions posed in the Illustration are given or are easily determined from interacting with it. Some Illustrations provide examples of physics applications while others are designed to introduce a particular wave function concept. Typical uses of Illustrations would include reading assignments prior to class and classroom demonstrations.
The EjsS Wave Illustration Package was developed using the Easy Java/JavaScript Simulations (EjsS) version 5. Although EjsS is a Java program, it can create stand alone JavaScript programs that run in almost any PC or tablet. EjsS can also create ePub documents containing multiple simulations.Oscillations & Waves/Generalhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13271Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:30:59 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13271The People's Physics Book
http://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=12591
This book provides a reference guide to the topics covered in most introductory physics courses. This book is geared towards towards students in a college-level introductory physics class, but can be used at the high school level. Topics covered include conservation laws, dynamics, electricity and magnetism, and topics in 20th and 21st century physics. Each chapter includes a brief outline of the key concepts, applications, and equations, and a series of problems to be solved. Answers to selected problems are also available.General Physics/Collections/Introductory Mechanicshttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=12591Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:29:34 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=12591Paradigms in Physics: Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics Activities
http://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13269
This web page provides a list of learning activities for Junior level Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics classes. Each activity includes a description and learning goals, guides for instructors, handouts or worksheets, and reflections of instructors who have used the activity when available. Among the topics included are entropy, Maxwell equations, PV and TS diagrams, and Legendre transforms.
This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.Thermo & Stat Mech/Generalhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13269Sat, 07 Jun 2014 11:49:18 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13269PER-Based Tutorials for Quantum Physics
http://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13266
This series of student tutorials for quantum physics, covering topics of wave properties of light and matter, probability, and wave functions. Included with some of the tutorials are pre-tests for the topic and related homework.
This material is based on the work on Intuitive Quantum Physics from the University of Maryland, and tutorials developed at the University of WashingtonQuantum Physics/Probability, Waves, and Interferencehttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13266Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:00:09 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13266SEI: Modern Physics - Quantum Learning Goals
http://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13265
This page provides a list of learning goals for a PER-based Modern Physics Course. It includes expectations for student understanding of both specific topics and general concepts in quantum physics.
This is part of a resource collection covering an entire course.Quantum Physics/Generalhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13265Thu, 05 Jun 2014 09:30:12 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13265SEI: Modern Physics Course Materials
http://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=4937
This website contains lectures, homework, exams, and other materials for a PER-based large lecture modern physics course for engineering majors. This course has redesigned content and learning techniques focused on topics more useful to engineering majors than a traditional modern physics course. The course emphasizes reasoning development, model building, and connections to real world applications. A variety of PER-based learning resources, including peer instruction, collaborative homework sessions, and interactive simulations, are used. Research results on learning outcomes from the course are included.Modern Physics/Generalhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=4937Thu, 05 Jun 2014 09:06:35 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=4937Ripple Tank Model for Teachers
http://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=12043
The Ripple Tank Model for Teachers allows instructors to simulate 2D wave interference. A ripple tank is a shallow glass tank of water used to demonstrate the basic properties of waves. The tank is usually illuminated from above, so that the light shines through the water. The ripples on the water show up as shadows on the screen underneath the tank. In the default visualization the wave crests and troughs are shown as red and blue. Users can change the number of sources, their amplitude and phase, and other parameters. Selecting student mode repackages the modified simulation into a stand-alone jar file with fewer options for classroom use.
The Ripple Tank Model for Teachers was created using the Easy Java Simulations (EJS) modeling tool. It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. Double clicking the ejs_waves_teacher_RippleTank.jar file will run the program if Java is installed.Oscillations & Waves/Wave Motion/Interference and Diffractionhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=12043Fri, 16 May 2014 17:57:28 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=12043Using conceptual metaphor and functional grammar to explore how language used in physics affects student learning
http://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=5698
This paper introduces a theory about the role of language in learning physics. The theory is developed in the context of physics students and physicists talking and writing about the subject of quantum mechanics. We found that physicists’ language encodes different varieties of analogical models through the use of grammar and conceptual metaphor. We hypothesize that students categorize concepts into ontological categories based on the grammatical structure of physicists’ language. We also hypothesize that students overextend and misapply conceptual metaphors in physicists’ speech and writing. Using our theory, we will show how, in some cases, we can explain student difficulties in quantum mechanics as difficulties with language.Education Foundations/Communication/Languagehttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=5698Thu, 15 May 2014 15:57:56 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=5698