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written by the University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group, Kenneth Heller, and Patricia Heller
This page provides a set of 11 context-rich physics problems relating to electric forces and fields, appropriate for the second half of a two-year high school physics program. Each problem involves a real-life scenario, with information that may be both useful and irrelevant. Context-rich problems are carefully constructed to promote problem-solving skills.  Students work cooperatively to: 1) visualize the problem, 2) decide together upon a strategy, 3) apply physics concepts to solve the problem, and 4) evaluate/test the solution. Problems are formulated so that they cannot be solved in a few steps by copying a pattern.

SEE RELATED ITEMS ON THIS PAGE for more information about how to implement context-rich problem solving in the introductory physics classroom.

This resource is based on the research results of the Minnesota Physics Education Research group.  See Related items on this page for a link to the full collection.
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Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Cooperative Learning
= Problem Solving
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electric Fields and Potential
= Electric Field
= Gauss' Law
- Electrostatics
= Coulomb's Law
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Collection
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Problem/Problem Set
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- AP Physics
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Coulomb, Gauss, context-rich problems, electric charge, electric force, electron, electrostatic induction, electrostatics, group problem solving, problem solving, proton, real-world problems, static charge
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University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group, K. Heller, and P. Heller, (2003), WWW Document, (http://groups.physics.umn.edu/physed/Research/CRP/on-lineArchive/crefef.html).
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University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group, K. Heller, and P. Heller, Context Rich Problems Online Archives: Electric Field and Electric Force (2003), <http://groups.physics.umn.edu/physed/Research/CRP/on-lineArchive/crefef.html>.
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University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group, Heller, K., & Heller, P. (2007, May 11). Context Rich Problems Online Archives: Electric Field and Electric Force. Retrieved September 2, 2014, from http://groups.physics.umn.edu/physed/Research/CRP/on-lineArchive/crefef.html
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University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group, K. Heller, and P. Heller. Context Rich Problems Online Archives: Electric Field and Electric Force. May 11, 2007. http://groups.physics.umn.edu/physed/Research/CRP/on-lineArchive/crefef.html (accessed 2 September 2014).
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University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group, Kenneth Heller, and Patricia Heller. Context Rich Problems Online Archives: Electric Field and Electric Force. 2003. 11 May 2007. 2 Sep. 2014 <http://groups.physics.umn.edu/physed/Research/CRP/on-lineArchive/crefef.html>.
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Is Part Of Context Rich Problems Online Archives

This is the full collection of context-rich problems for first and second semester courses in both algebra-based and calculus-based introductory physics.

relation by Christopher Bares
Is Supplemented By Context Rich Problems: Teaching Introductory Physics Through Problem Solving

This is a Power Point presentation appropriate for new and crossover teachers on the Context-Rich instructional method.  It explains the rationale behind the method and provides examples/explanations on how to implement it effectively.

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