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||Modern Physics Labs using Responsive Inquiry to Create Research Experiences
||Augsburg College offers a sophomore-level modern physics course with associated lab. Traditionally this lab has been used to highlight the early development of quantum theory (photo-electric effect, Franck-Hertz, etc.). We will describe our redesign of this lab to create a semester-long responsive inquiry research experience focused on nanotechnology, materials characterization tools, and biology as an inspiration for engineers. Students gain hands-on experience using scanning electron microscopes, atomic force microscopes, as well as other sample preparation tools, and develop their own research projects using the equipment. A goal of the lab is to give students an experience of what research is like and what a scientist does, in order to improve their self-identity as scientists. The focus on contemporary skill building is intended to meet the changing demographics of our student body (increased enrollment, interest in engineering, and first generation college students). Finally, we address the potential for implementation of this model at other institutions.
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