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For the Classroom

Open Source Tutorials in Physics with Teaching Assistant Development

Open Source Tutorials in Physics with Teaching Assistant Development
This set of guided inquiry tutorials covers 13 topics regularly covered in introductory physics. The authors also provide supporting materials to help teachers make modifications and train TAs in their use.

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Research Instruments

Representational Variant of the Force Concept Inventory (R-FCI)

Representational Variant of the Force Concept Inventory (R-FCI)
The R-FCI, developed by Nieminen, Savinainen, and Viiri, is designed to investigate students' ability to interpret multiple representations consistently in the context of four force concepts: Newton's first, second, and third laws, and gravitation. It is based on nine FCI items that have been redesigned using various representations (such as motion map, vectorial, and graphical).

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May 4 A new multimedia resource for teaching quantum mechanics concepts
Apr 19 Development and validation of a conceptual survey instrument to evaluate students’ understanding of thermodynamics
Sep 9 2020 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings
Sep 9 A framework for improving diversity work in physics

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