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SEI: Upper-division Electrostatics (E&M I) Course Materials

SEI: Upper-division Electrostatics (E&M I) Course Materials
This web site contains the research-based curricular materials on junior-level Electricity and Magnetism developed by the University of Colorado Science Education Initiative group. This course is the first semester of a two-semester course covering electro- and magneto-statics and closely follows the standard text by David Griffiths, "Introduction to Electrodynamics." The materials provided include concept tests, homework questions, tutorials, lecture notes, instructor guides, and the results of studies of student difficulties with the class.

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Colorado Upper Division Electrostatics (CUE) Asssessment

Colorado Upper Division Electrostatics (CUE) Asssessment
The Colorado Upper Division Electrostatics (CUE) Asssessment is designed to test student understanding of core learning goals in junior-level E&M. It consists of a 17-item open-ended test with optional 9-item pretest.

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Physics Education Research Conference 2019
PERC 2018 will be held July 24-25, 2019 in Provo, UT.  The theme will be "Physics Outside of the Classroom: Teaching, Learning, and Cultural Engagement in Informal Physics Environments."

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