Overview

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Overview

RealTime Physics is a series of introductory laboratory modules that use computer data acquisition tools (microcomputer-based lab or MBL tools) to help students develop physics concepts and acquire laboratory skills. Besides data acquisition, computers are used for basic mathematical modeling, data analysis, and simulations. Students construct their own models of physical phenomena based on observations and experiments.

Type of Method Curriculum supplement
Level Designed for: Intro College Calculus-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Algebra-basedReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: High School
Setting Designed for: LabReferences coming soon, Homework
Can be adapted for: StudioReferences coming soon
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical
Instructor Effort Low
Resource Needs Computers for student use in class, Lab equipment for student use - professional, Cost for students, Tables arranged for group work
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Laboratory skills, Representing knowledge in multiple ways
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
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, beliefs pre/post examsReferences coming soon, research conducted at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon, research conducted by someone other than developersReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, UW Tutorials, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, ILDs, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, Workshop Physics, TIPERs, ABP Tutorials, SCALE-UP, OSP, SDI Labs, OST Tutorials, Workbook for Introductory Physics, LA Program, CAE TPS, MBL, CPU, TEFA, Tools for Scientific Thinking, Tutorials, Clickers
Similar Methods ILDs, Workshop Physics, SDI Labs, MBL, SCL, Tools for Scientific Thinking
Developer(s) David Sokoloff, Ron Thornton, and Priscilla Laws
Website http://pages.uoregon.edu/sokoloff/Active_Learning.html