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PHYS 2305 Fundamentals of Physics I

Calculus-based introductory physics.

Most sections are for engineering students, taught in traditional lecture sections.

One SCALE-UP section is for physics majors.

Semester

Number of sections taught*

Number of matched students**

Pre-test

average (%)

Post-test average (%)

Average normalized gain g***

Standard error of g****

Fall 2011

Large

Lecture sections

3

No matched students

376/306

51.4

67.03

32.16%

 

Fall 2011

SCALE-UP

section

1

No matched students

38/37

57.9

74.6

39.67%

 

Fall 2012 & Spring 2013

Large

Lecture sections

6

Not matching the students

557

51.8

72.0

41.96%

 

Fall 2012 & Spring 2013

Large

Lecture sections

6

Matching the students

550 *****

51.2

71.8

42.20%

1.47%

Fall 2012

SCALE-UP

section

1

No matched students

50/44

60.0

70.0

25.00%

 

Fall 2013 Large Lecture section

1

117

50.5

73.2

47.21%

2.66%

Fall 2013 SCALE-UP sections

2

101

61.9

79.1

43.07%

3.13%

Spring 2014 Large Lecture sections

5

532

51.8

70.5

35.66%

1.88%

PHYS 2306 Fundamentals of Physics I
Second semester of calculus-based introductory physics.
Most sections are for engineering students, taught in traditional lecture sections.
SCALE-UP sections are for physics majors.
Test used: Conceptual Survey on Electricity and Magnetism (CSEM)

Semester

Number of sections taught*

Number of matched students**

Pre-test

average (%)

Post-test average (%)

Average normalized gain g***

Standard error of g****

Spring 2014 SCALE-UP sections

2

77

36.4

58.9

36.09%

2.44%

*If multiple sections of a course are taught by different instructors in a particular semester, please separate assessment data from sections taught by instructors who employ reformed or interactive curriculum and teaching methods and data from sections taught by instructors who employ traditional curriculum and teaching methods.

**If possible, calculate average scores only from students whose pre-tests and post-tests can be matched.

***Use the following formula to calculate the average normalize gain for matched pre- and post-test pairs:

Average normalized gain g =

****Standard error =

*****Dropped 5 students whose pre-test scores were a perfect 100% (causing a divide by zero in calculating their normalized gain). Dropped 1 student whose normalized gain was -600% (about 19 sigma from the mean). Dropped 1 student whose normalized gain was -900% (about 27 sigma from the mean).

The Large Lecture Sections also utilize some modern teaching methods (e.g., Peer Instruction).