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written by Steven J. Pollock, Rachel E. Pepper, and Alysia D. Marino
The physics department at the University of Colorado, Boulder has recently begun the transformation of its Classical Mechanics/Math Methods course, a middle-division course taken primarily by sophomore physics majors. We discuss the process of course transformation, including holding faculty meetings to create consensus learning goals and a conceptual diagnostic, and adopting, adapting and creating course materials and structures. We also report preliminary observations of student learning gains, student attitudes towards the transformation, and common student difficulties with the course material. We also discuss ongoing plans for the course transformation.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 303-306
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PERC 2011, assessment, classical mechanics, course reform, math methods
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S. Pollock, R. Pepper, and A. Marino, Issues and Progress in Transforming a Middle-division Classical Mechanics/Math Methods Course, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11872&DocID=2720>.
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Pollock, S., Pepper, R., & Marino, A. (2011, August 3-4). Issues and Progress in Transforming a Middle-division Classical Mechanics/Math Methods Course. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved October 22, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11872&DocID=2720
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Pollock, S, R. Pepper, and A. Marino. "Issues and Progress in Transforming a Middle-division Classical Mechanics/Math Methods Course." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11872&DocID=2720 (accessed 22 October 2014).
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Pollock, Steven, Rachel Pepper, and Alysia Marino. "Issues and Progress in Transforming a Middle-division Classical Mechanics/Math Methods Course." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 303-306 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference. 22 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11872&DocID=2720>.
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