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written by the University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group, Kenneth Heller, and Patricia Heller
This page provides a set of 6 context-rich physics problems relating to electric circuits, appropriate for high school introductory physics. The problems will give students practice in applying Ohm's Law and evaluating realistic electronics design diagrams. Context-rich problems are carefully constructed to promote problem-solving skills through the context of real-life scenarios. Students work cooperatively to: 1) visualize the problem, 2) decide together upon a strategy, 3) apply physics concepts to solve the problem, and 4) evaluate/test the solution. Problems are formulated so that they cannot be solved in a few steps by copying a pattern.

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Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Cooperative Learning
= Problem Solving
Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
= Circuit Analysis
= Currents
= Ohm's Law
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Collection
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Problem/Problem Set
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DC circuits, Ohm's Law, context-rich problems, current, electricity, group problem solving, power, problem solving, real-world problems, resistance, voltage
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University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group, K. Heller, and P. Heller, (2003), WWW Document, (http://groups.physics.umn.edu/physed/Research/CRP/on-lineArchive/crc.html).
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University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group, K. Heller, and P. Heller, Context Rich Problems Online Archives: Circuits Problems (2003), <http://groups.physics.umn.edu/physed/Research/CRP/on-lineArchive/crc.html>.
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University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group, Heller, K., & Heller, P. (2007, May 11). Context Rich Problems Online Archives: Circuits Problems. Retrieved April 16, 2014, from http://groups.physics.umn.edu/physed/Research/CRP/on-lineArchive/crc.html
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University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group, K. Heller, and P. Heller. Context Rich Problems Online Archives: Circuits Problems. May 11, 2007. http://groups.physics.umn.edu/physed/Research/CRP/on-lineArchive/crc.html (accessed 16 April 2014).
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University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group, Kenneth Heller, and Patricia Heller. Context Rich Problems Online Archives: Circuits Problems. 2003. 11 May 2007. 16 Apr. 2014 <http://groups.physics.umn.edu/physed/Research/CRP/on-lineArchive/crc.html>.
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Is Supplemented By Context Rich Problems: Teaching Introductory Physics Through Problem Solving

This is a Power Point presentation appropriate for new and crossover teachers on the Context-Rich instructional method.  It explains the rationale behind the method and provides examples/explanations on how to implement it effectively.

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