Overview

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Overview

A calculus-based introductory physics curriculum designed to completely replace traditional lectures and laboratories with sequenced activities.

Type of Method Full curriculum, Classroom structure
Level Designed for: Intro College Calculus-basedReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: High SchoolReferences coming soon, Intro College Algebra-based, (Explorations in Physics uses the Workshop Physics style of guided inquiry but it designed for use in non science major classes)
Setting Designed for: StudioReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon, LabReferences coming soon
Coverage Many topics with less depth, The topic coverage has been reduced by about 15% so it is between broad and deep.
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Modern / Quantum
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs TAs / LAs, Projector, Computers for students, Advanced lab equipment, Cost for students, Tables for group work
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understandingReferences coming soon, Lab skillsReferences coming soon, Using multiple representationsReferences coming soon, Designing experimentsReferences coming soon, collaborative skills
Can be adapted for: Problem-solving skills, Metacognition
Research Validation Based on research into: theories of how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: conceptual understandingReferences coming soon, lab skillsReferences coming soon, beliefs and attitudesReferences coming soon, retention of studentsReferences coming soon
Studied using: student interviewsReferences coming soon, research at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods PhET, JiTT, ILDs, Physlets, RealTime Physics, SCALE-UP, OSP, LA Program, MBL, CPU, Responsive Teaching
Similar Methods ILDs, RealTime Physics, SCALE-UP, MBL, EiP
Developer(s) Priscilla Laws with contributions from Robert Boyle, Patrick Cooney, Kenneth Laws, John Luetzelschwab, David Sokoloff and Ronald Thornton
Website http://physics.dickinson.edu/~wp_web/wp_homepage.html