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Welcome to PER-Central, a resource collection for physics education researchers. Here you may find articles, theses and dissertations, research groups, curricular material, and news and events of interest to the PER Community. Learn more about PER-Central.

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Browse the different PER groups and their descriptions on the PER Program Map.

For the Classroom

Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials

Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials
This web site provides small-group learning materials for teaching intermediate mechanics. The physics is Newtonian with very little Lagrangian formalism. Materials are a mix of conceptual, mathematical, and problem solving University of Washington-style tutorials, as well as related research results, examination questions, and suggested course outlines.

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Research Instruments

Attitudes and Approaches to Problem Solving Survey

Attitudes and Approaches to Problem Solving Survey
The AAPS, developed by Mason and Singh, is designed to evaluate students' attitudes and approaches towards physics problem solving. The survey is based on investigations of responses from introductory physics students, graduate students, and faculty members. It expands upon the Attitudes towards Problem Solving survey (Marx and Cummings, 2007) to consider approaches to problem solving and different levels of problem solving expertise.

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Physics Education Research Conference 2014
PERC 2014 will be held July 30-31, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN.  The theme will be "Outpacing New Technologies with Novel Pedagogies: The Role of PER in the Transforming Landscape of Higher Education."

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Jul 3 More than just "plug-and-chug": Exploring how physics students make sense with equations
Jun 8 Conceptual and Mathematical Barriers to Students Learning Quantum Mechanics
Jun 6 PER-Based Tutorials for Quantum Physics
Apr 11 A conceptual physics class where students found meaning in calculations