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Workshop Physics is an activity-based approach to teaching calculus-based introductory physics in which traditional lectures are replaced by student investigation. Students do experiments in which they make predictions as well as observations and analysis; they perform guided derivations of major concepts; and they use computer tools to develop mathematical models. Sample activities are available for view, as well as one full module on the topic of Oscillations, Determinism, and Chaos.  Also available for free download is the Workshop Physics software,  developed to allow students to use a custom toolbar to create scatter plots for data analysis using Excel spreadsheets.  Software versions are available for both Mac and PC formats.   Author-developed exams and assessments are also provided for registered teacher-users.  

Workshop Physics was developed and class-tested by Priscilla Laws of Dickinson College and coworkers.
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experiential learning, inquiry, introductory physics, scientific inquiry
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Workshop Physics:

Contains Workshop Physics: Oscillations, Determinism, and Chaos

This cost-free item is Chapter 15 of Workshop Physics, a module on the topic of Oscillations.

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Contains Workshop Physics Software

This is the link to the free download of WPtools, the software developed to accompany Workshop Physics.  It allows students to customize data to develop mathematical models.

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