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Abstract Title: Lab homework in ALL courses!
Abstract: For the past decade we have been striving for a better balance of analytical, experimental, computation and communication skills in our curriculum.   By focusing on skill integration, laboratory homework, and transitional undergraduate research we have significantly enhanced the laboratory component of our program.  Central to this effort is a sophomore level course that introduces students to experimental techniques while they investigate a single complex problem.  The course provides a bridge between the laboratory experience found in introductory physics and the upper-level curriculum by teaching experimental skills systematically in a collaborative manner.  The experience prepares them for the laboratory homework and the research problems that they will encounter in their other courses.  I will talk about the structure of our curricular revision and how it continues to evolve, the sophomore laboratory course, and how we achieved departmental buy-in and support for the revision.

A pdf of the invited presentation is available here. To view the full presentation including the embedded movies, you may download the 107MB powerpoint file here.
Abstract Type: Invited Presentation
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Marty Johnston
University of St. Thomas