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Abstract Title: Active learning using tutorials in intermediate optics
Abstract: Active learning is the process through which students in a class are actively engaged in the material under investigation.  The success of this method of instruction has been well documented for introductory classes.  In intermediate/advanced undergraduate physics classes there are fewer published results of experience or materials for use in active learning.  This may be due to the mathematical rigor required in these classes and the traditional use of derivations to gain insight into physical problem solving.  In this presentation we present our work in developing tutorials to help the students learn and use the mathematics and techniques of derivations as well as develop a stronger conceptual foundation for intermediate optics.  These tutorials form a basis for the development of an active learning process in an advanced physics class setting.

Supported by NSF Grant #0410760
Abstract Type: Contributed Presentation
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Session: Session XVI - Teaching the Optics Course

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Mark Masters
Department of Physics, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 Coliseum Blvd E
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Phone: 260-481-6153
and Co-Presenter(s)
Timothy T. Grove