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Spiral Physics is a research based introductory physics curriculum developed at Monroe Community College. There are several important features of this curriculum. It  integrates text and workbook activities in a modular fashion, and arranges topics so that students receive repeated exposure to concepts with increased complexity. It makes use of alternative problem types, including goal-less problem statements, ranking tasks, and critical analysis tasks. It restricts the equation set available for student use and is designed to facilitate active learning. Spiral Physics is available for both the algebra-based and calculus-based introductory courses. Assessment of Spiral Physics via the FCI, MBT, and MPEX compare favorably with the best results reported in the literature.
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© 1994 Paul D'Alessandris
Keywords:
Spiral Physics, active learning, introductory physics, ranking tasks, tipers
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Metadata instance created August 6, 2007 by Paul DAlessandris
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June 24, 2009 by Lyle Barbato
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June 15, 2007
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Spiral Physics is a research based introductory physics curriculum.  It  integrates text and workbook activities in a modular fashion, and arranges topics so that students receive repeated exposure to concepts with increased complexity. It makes use of alternative problem types, including goal-less problem statements, ranking tasks, and critical analysis.  This resource includes a full curriculum for algebra-based and calculus-based introductory physics, as well as a course curriculum for Electricity and Magnetism.

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P. D'Alessandris, (1994), WWW Document, (http://web.monroecc.edu/spiral/).
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P. D'Alessandris, Spiral Physics Downloads, (1994), <http://web.monroecc.edu/spiral/>.
APA Format
D'Alessandris, P. (2007, June 15). Spiral Physics Downloads. Retrieved December 21, 2014, from http://web.monroecc.edu/spiral/
Chicago Format
D'Alessandris, Paul. Spiral Physics Downloads. June 15, 2007. http://web.monroecc.edu/spiral/ (accessed 21 December 2014).
MLA Format
D'Alessandris, Paul. Spiral Physics Downloads. 1994. 15 June 2007. 21 Dec. 2014 <http://web.monroecc.edu/spiral/>.
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