PICUP is a web resource for physics educators to learn how to teach more effectively by applying the results of physics education research (PER) and teaching methods based on these results. Research in the field of PER has made enormous advances in understanding how students learn physics most effectively and in developing teaching methods that apply this understanding to achieve improved student learning. The goal of this site is to provide a synthesis of decades of physics education research in a format that is easy for busy physics instructors to understand and apply.
PICUP provides information about and links to physics education research and its application to instruction. The editorial staff has screened these materials before inclusion in the database. Materials suggested by users for inclusion in the collection will be judged on the accuracy, quality, and appropriateness of content to the mission of the collection. PICUP is not responsible for changes in materials outside of its control after links have been created, although inappropriate materials will be removed when found. Suggestions of new material or information about existing material in the collection are encouraged.
Only registered users may use the message boards. Considering the real-time nature of bulletin boards, it is impossible to verify the information posted. PICUP does not vouch for nor warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and is not responsible for the contents of any message. Users should be particularly wary of medical, legal or other professional advice posted on the message boards and recognize that it is no substitute for in-person consultation with a competent professional. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of PICUP or its editorial staff, or any entity associated with it.
You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use PICUP to post any material that is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or violative of U.S. law. You agree not to post material that in the opinion of the editorial staff fosters or promotes activity that is illegal in the U.S.
You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you, except as permitted by the "fair use" provisions of the U.S. copyright laws (in general this means brief excerpts only). You agree to abide by the wishes of the board moderators in interpreting and enforcing these rules. Refusal to cooperate with board moderators or to abide by these rules is grounds for revocation of your posting privileges.
The message board is intended as a medium for discussion. Do not post advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or commercial solicitations. Posting of resources on the site should proceed through normal editorial channels. Do not post the same or similar messages or threads to multiple forums; multiple threads on the same topic; or an excessive number of threads on any topic within a limited period of time. We will notify the Internet service provider of any party posting objectionable messages.
Do not post links to pornography - the editorial staff will be the judge of what constitutes pornography. If you're not sure whether a link is appropriate, contact a member of the editorial staff before posting it.
Any user who feels a posted message is objectionable should contact the moderators of the affected forum by e-mail.