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12535Paradigms in Physics: Thermo/Stat Mech Activities
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This web page provides a list of learning activities for Junior level Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics classes. Each activity includes a description and learning goals, guides for instructors, handouts or worksheets, and reflections of instructors who have used the activity when available. Among the materials are simple labs, investigations of PV and TS diagrams, exploration of concepts in probability, and partial derivative in thermodynamics. Links to related mathematical concepts are also provided.
This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.Thermo & Stat Mech/Generalhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13623Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:54:49 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13623Paradigms in Physics: Quantum Mechanics Activities
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This web page provides a list of learning activities for Junior level Quantum Mechanics classes. Each activity includes a description and learning goals, guides for instructors, handouts or worksheets, and reflections of instructors who have used the activity when available. Among the topics included are operators, time dependence, spin systems, and angular momentum. Links to related mathematical concepts are also provided.
This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.Quantum Physics/Generalhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13622Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:45:06 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13622Veritasium
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Veritasium is a Youtube channel of science and engineering videos featuring experiments, expert interviews, cool demos, and discussions with the public. Learning videos are developed to illicit questions and common views on science.General Physics/Collections/Informal Educationhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13621Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:35:12 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13621Advanced Labs
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AAPT Advanced Labs is a community web site dedicated to those teaching the junior/senior laboratory course in physics. The site includes a wide range of vetted laboratory manuals, as well as software and other pedagogical materials for this course. This site also hosts materials from conferences and workshops focused on instruction in the physics laboratory.General Physics/Collections/Advanced Laboratorieshttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13620Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:14:58 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13620Lecture Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy
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These introductory astronomy tutorials are student-centered activities designed to promote conceptual understanding. Topics consist include understanding the celestial sphere, measuring distance by using parallax, the Stefan-Boltzmann Law, and the H-R diagram.Astronomy/Astronomy Educationhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=2012Tue, 23 Jun 2015 23:04:58 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=2012Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials: Vector Force Fields
http://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=9731
This set of tutorials explores forces and potentials in three dimensions. Students develop the concepts of conservative forces and potentials. The mathematical tools of the gradient, line integrals, and curl are applied to vector force fields. The implications of separable forces are included. The materials include the tutorials, homework, assessments, and instructor notes.
This is part of a large collection of similar tutorial materials in intermediate classical mechanics.Classical Mechanics/Work and Energy/Conservative Fieldshttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=9731Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:02:20 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=9731Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials: Phase Space Diagrams
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This set of tutorial materials explores to use of phase-space diagrams to analyze oscillatory systems. Students develop qualitative and semi-quantitative phase-space diagrams for oscillators using energy considerations. Damped and non-linear oscillators are considered. This material includes tutorials, assessments, example homework, and instructor notes.
This is part of a large collection of similar tutorial materials in intermediate classical mechanics.Oscillations & Waves/Oscillations/Damped Oscillatorshttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13619Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:50:53 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13619SEI: Advanced Laboratory Course Materials
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This web page contains materials developed for an advanced laboratory course for physics majors. The course covers aspects of experimental optics and modern physics. The course places a significant emphasis on developing, testing, and refining of models; experimental design; communication; measurement and automation (using LabVIEW); and data analysis (using Mathematica). Lab manuals, materials to develop laboratory skills, assessments, and information on learning goals are provided.General Physics/Collections/Advanced Laboratorieshttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13617Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:47:30 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13617SEI: Classical Mechanics/Math Methods I Course Materials
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This web site provides research-based materials for a sophomore-level course in classical mechanics and mathematical methods. This material focuses on the mathematical foundation of mechanics. Topics include vectors, curvilinear coordinates, ordinary and partial differential equations, line, surface, and volume, integrals, gravitation, oscillations, Taylor expansion, complex numbers, Fourier series, and delta functions. The course archives include documented student difficulties, learning goals, ConcepTests (clicker questions), class activities, homework, tutorials, and a conceptual assessment tool. All may be downloaded, although the assessment tools require permission from the authors for access.Education Practices/Curriculum Development/Coursehttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13616Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:08:49 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13616Interactive Video Vignettes: Newton's Second Law
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This interactive video tutorial is an exploration of Newton's Second Law. The videos show a constant force exerted on carts of different mass. When the same force acts on a more massive cart, it accelerates less. This vignette walks the user through experiments to verify part of Newton's Second Law. With video analysis the user sees that the same force acting on twice the mass produces half the acceleration.
<br>This vignette was studied and found to have a significant effect on learning. See <a href="http://www.compadre.org/IVV/research/PERoutcomes.cfm" target="_blank">Research Outcomes</a> for details.Classical Mechanics/Newton's Second Law/Force, Accelerationhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13615Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:36:41 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13615Interactive Video Vignettes: Newton's First Law
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This interactive video tutorial is an exploration of Newton's First Law. This vignette includes videos of the motion of sliding objects with differing frictional forces. Students make predictions of the motion and then use video analysis to create velocity graphs. Discussions with students are included in the videos.
<br>This vignette was studied and found to have a significant effect on learning. See <a href="http://www.compadre.org/IVV/research/PERoutcomes.cfm" target="_blank">Research Outcomes</a> for details.Classical Mechanics/Newton's First Law/Inertia in Motionhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13614Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:23:44 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13614Interactive Video Vignettes
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This website contains a collection of video-based interactive tutorials in physics. Interactive Video Vignettes (IVVs) are designed as ungraded web-based assignments for introductory physics students. They combine online video with video analysis and conceptual questions. Each online vignette addresses a difficult physics concept as identified by physics education research.
Vignettes are available for download to run locally, and some can be run from the IVV web site. Also available for download is the Vignette Studio that enables anyone to create a vignette. Information about the use of Vignettes in courses and research results on student learning are available.General Physics/Collections/Introductory Mechanicshttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13613Tue, 23 Jun 2015 08:16:44 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13613Do students use and understand free-body diagrams?
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Physics education literature recommends using multiple representations to help students understand concepts and solve problems. However, there is little research concerning why students use the representations and whether those who use them are more successful. This study addresses these questions using free-body diagrams (diagrammatic representations used in problems involving forces) as a type of representation. We conducted a two-year quantitative and qualitative study of studentsâ€™ use of free-body diagrams while solving physics problems. We found that when students are in a course that consistently emphasizes the use of free-body diagrams, the majority of them do use diagrams on their own to help solve exam problems even when they receive no credit for drawing the diagrams. We also found that students who draw diagrams correctly are significantly more successful in obtaining the right answer for the problem. Lastly, we interviewed students to uncover their reasons for using free-body diagrams. We found that high achieving students used the diagrams to help solve the problems and as a tool to evaluate their work while low achieving students only used representations as aids in the problem-solving process.Education Foundations/Problem Solving/Representational Usehttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13230Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:08:06 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13230Paradigms in Physics: Interpreting Effective Potential Plots
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This kinesthetic activity is designed to help upper division undergraduate students interpret graphs of effective potential versus radial distance. A student volunteer moves in an orbit described by a plot of effective potential vs. distance. The whole class wrap-up discussion focuses on what information is and is not included on the canonical plot of effective potential versus radial distance typically constructed by professional physicists.
This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.Classical Mechanics/Motion in Two Dimensions/Central Forceshttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13595Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:02:30 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13595Paradigms in Physics: Velocity and Acceleration in Polar Coordinates
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This small group activity is designed to help upper division undergraduate students work out expressions for velocity and acceleration in polar coordinates. Students work in small groups to address the position dependence of curvilinear basis vectors in order to find general expressions for velocity and acceleration in polar coordinates. The whole class wrap-up discussion focuses on building connections between the students' geometric understanding of position, velocity and acceleration vectors and an algebraic formulation in polar (curvilinear) coordinates.
This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.Mathematical Tools/Coordinate Systemshttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13596Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:31:57 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13596Paradigms in Physics: Linear Combinations of Spherical Harmonics
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This computer visualization activity is designed to help upper division undergraduate students visualize linear combinations of spherical harmonics. Students use a Maple worksheet or Mathematica notebook to visualize various representations of probability densities of linear combinations of spherical harmonics. The entire class wrap-up discussion addresses how to represent linear combinations of spherical harmonics in a variety of ways.
This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.Mathematical Tools/Series and Functions/Spherical Harmonicshttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13597Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:26:38 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13597Paradigms in Physics: Finding the Coefficients of a Spherical Harmonic Series
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This small group activity is designed to help upper division undergraduate students learn how to expand functions in terms of spherical harmonics. Students work in small groups to find the coefficients of a given function expanded in spherical harmonics. The whole class wrap-up discussion includes group presentations focusing on the notion that any function on the unit sphere can be expanded in terms of the orthonormal set of spherical harmonics.
This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.Mathematical Tools/Series and Functions/Spherical Harmonicshttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13598Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:21:28 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13598Paradigms in Physics: Coriolis and Centrifugal Accelerations
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This small group activity is designed to help upper division undergraduate students determine which way the Coriolis and centrifugal accelerations point. Students use their small whiteboards to calculate the Coriolis and centrifugal accelerations, and discuss with their neighbors which way these accelerations point. The whole class wrap-up discussion includes the derivation the students had been asked to complete, aiding students in determining which way the Coriolis and centrifugal accelerations point.
This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.Classical Mechanics/Relative Motion/Rotating Reference Frameshttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13599Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:16:40 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13599Paradigms in Physics: Cosmic Rays
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This small group activity is designed to help upper division undergraduate students work out the lifetime of cosmic rays taking relativistic effects into account. Students work in small groups and use hyperbolic trigonometry and spacetime diagrams to calculate the lifetime of incoming cosmic rays. The entire class wrap-up discussion summarizes group findings and difficulties, helping students gain a geometric perspective of time dilation and length contraction.
This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.Relativity/Special Relativity/Time Dilationhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13600Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:12:38 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13600Paradigms in Physics: Doppler Effect
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This small group activity is designed to help upper division undergraduate students understand the Doppler effect using hyperbolic geometry. Students work in small groups and use spacetime diagrams and the geometry of hyperbolas to explore the Doppler effect. The entire class wrap-up discussion focuses on how to interpret the Doppler effect using hyperbolic trigonometry, giving students further insight into the geometry of special relativity.
This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.Relativity/Special Relativity/Time Dilationhttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/bulletinboard/Thread.cfm?ID=13601Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:06:17 ESThttp://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/detail.cfm?ID=13601