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PhET: Physics Education Technology - Nov 19, 2016
Research-validated simulations designed for student engagement. Simulations are available for a wide range of topics.
The Student-Centered Activities for Large Enrollment Undergraduate Programs (SCALE-UP) Project has established a model for a highly collaborative, hands-on, computer-rich, interactive learning environment for large-enrollment courses.
Problem Based Learning for College Physics - May 1, 2014
This web site contains a collection of field-tested problem-based learning (PBL) activities for introductory physics classes. The site also includes background and references on the PBL approach.
Guided inquiry activities for introductory physics, with information about effective use.
Online interactive tutorials for introductory physics, from Newtonian Mechanics and E&M through relativity and quantum physics.
ISLE: Investigative Science Learning Environment - Nov 1, 2013
This approach to teaching physics has students perform experiments and build models in a manner similar to physics research. Included are example labs and curricular materials, research results, and discussion boards.
Matter & Interactions - Jan 27, 2009
This is a chapter from Volume 1 of "Research-Based Reform of University Physics." It describes Matter & Interactions, a modern calculus-based introductory curriculum that emphasizes the power of fundamental principles, and guides students through the process of starting from these principles in analyzing physical systems, on both the macroscopic and the microscopic level.
Context Rich Problems - Dec 27, 2008
This web site provides information on the creation and assessment of "Context Rich Problems". These problems place physics in a real-world context to help students develop problem-solving skills.
Spiral Physics - Nov 12, 2008
Spiral Physics is a research based introductory physics curriculum for both algebra-based and calculus-based introductory courses.
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