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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

Connecting Meaning and Mathematics

Connecting Meaning and Mathematics
This page contains step-by-step tutorials and guided inquiry activities designed to help students discover physical properties and concepts by developing understanding from mathematics. Most of this material is written for upper level classical mechanics courses. Connections are made with the Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials by Ambrose and Wittmann.

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Research Instruments

Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment

Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment
The Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment (BEMA), developed by Chabay and Sherwood, assesses student understanding of basic electricity and magnetism concepts. It is written for college-level calculus-based introductory physics courses.

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Physics Education Research Conference 2015
PERC 2015 will be held July 29-30, 2015 in College Park, MD.  The theme will be "Critical examination of laboratory-centered instruction and experimental research in physics education."

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Latest Additions Latest Additions to PER-Central RSS

Feb 22 Developing a quantum mechanics concept inventory
Feb 10 University of Pittsburgh: PER Publications, Tools, and Strategies
Feb 10 Hands-on Problems focusing on Physics Concepts
Feb 10 Web-based Interactive Problem Solving Tutorials for Introductory Physics

Latest Discussion Posts

March 19 at 4:35 PM EST
Mel Sabella posted PERTG grants due March 30, 2015 to the US - AAPT Physics Education Researc... thread.

March 13 at 11:37 AM EST
Eleanor Sayre posted PERTG grants due March 27 to the US - AAPT Physics Education Researc... thread.

September 9 at 8:08 PM EST
MacKenzie Stetzer posted PERLOC Conference Scholarships Available: Deadline of October 1, 2013 to the US - AAPT Physics Education Researc... thread.

April 3 at 10:46 AM EST
MacKenzie Stetzer posted PERLOC Mini-grants and Scholar-in-Residence Grants Available: Deadline ... to the US - AAPT Physics Education Researc... thread.