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Abstract Title: Assessment of student preparation for calculus-based mechanics
Abstract: In the Fall 2013 semester, the Department of Physics and Astronomy at San Jose State University pioneered an optional introductory physics course  ("Physics 49") to improve student outcomes in the first semester of calculus-based physics  ("Physics 50"). We will present the outcomes of our first cohort of eighteen "49ers" and compare their outcomes with the 400 other students in Physics 50 who opted not to take the intro course. We will also present data on the correlation of FCI scores with the grade in Physics 50 for the "49ers" and the rest of the class. Our long-term goal is to identify at-risk students before they get poor grades in Physics 50, and consequently to improve STEM graduation rates, which correlate strongly with the grade in Physics 50. SJSU is a large public university that serves the Silicon Valley area of California.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Monika Kress
San Jose State University
Department of Physics and Astronomy
San Jose, CA 95192-0106
Phone: 408-924-5255
and Co-Presenter(s)
Olenka Hubickyj, Michelle Lagana, Cassandra Paul, and Michael Kaufman (Department of Physics and Astronomy, San Jose State University, San Jose, California 95192-0106)