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Overview

A modern calculus-based introductory curriculum with a radical change in content and emphasis, focusing on the power of fundamental principles and guiding students through the process of starting from these principles in analyzing physical systems, on both the macroscopic and the microscopic level. The continual emphasis on the application of fundamental principles and on the atomic nature of matter makes possible the integration of topics that are traditionally taught as disconnected.

Type of Method Full curriculum
Level Designed for: Intro College Calculus-basedReferences coming soon, Teacher Professional Development
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Large (30+ students), Lecture - Small (<30 students)
Can be adapted for: Studio
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Modern / Quantum
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Teaching Assistants / Learning Assistants, Projector in class, Computers for student use outside of class, Cost for students
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Coherent framework for physics, Think like a scientist, Model-building, To see clearly that a small number of fundamental principles can explain a very wide range of phenomena, To apply fundamental principles to new problems, To see the place of classical physics in the larger physics framework, Computational skills
Can be adapted for: Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: scores on multiple choice conceptual testsReferences coming soon, scores on written conceptual testsReferences coming soon, beliefs about physicsReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, beliefs pre/post examsReferences coming soon, student interviewsReferences coming soon, research conducted at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon, research conducted by someone other than developersReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, TIPERs, SCALE-UP, OSP, Thinking Problems, LA Program, CAE TPS, MBL, CPU, SCL, TEFA, Clickers
Similar Method None
Developer(s) Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood
Website http://www.matterandinteractions.org/