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Research-Based Course Materials and Assessments for Upper-Division Electrodynamics (E&M II) Documents

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Research-Based Course Materials and Assessments for Upper-Division Electrodynamics (E&M II) 

written by Charles Baily, Michael Dubson, and Steven J. Pollock

Favorable outcomes from ongoing research at the University of Colorado Boulder on student learning in junior-level electrostatics (E&M I) have led us to extend this work to upper-division electrodynamics (E&M II). We describe here our development of a set of research-based instructional materials designed to actively engage students during lecture (including clicker questions and other in-class activities); and an instrument for assessing whether our faculty-consensus learning goals are being met. We also discuss preliminary results from several recent implementations of our transformed curriculum, plans for the dissemination and further refinement of these materials, and offer some insights into student difficulties in advanced undergraduate electromagnetism.

Published January 24, 2013
Last Modified March 16, 2013