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Advanced Laboratory Tools for Introductory Physics (aLTIP)

ATE Project for Physics Faculty Event
Nov 14, 2013 - Nov 16, 2013 in Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, AZ

Recent physics education research (PER) data indicates microcomputer-based laboratory (MBL) tools coupled with an activity-based physics approach provides a better method of teaching physics by enabling the teaching/learning process to build on students' direct experiences in the physics classroom/laboratory or studio. These MBL tools give students immediate feedback by presenting data graphically in a manner that can be easily and quickly understood. The ease of data collection and presentation afforded by these tools invites students to ask, discuss, and answer their own questions.
Selected participants for this workshop are expected to have MBL type experience. They will explore approaches and curriculum materials from commercial vendors (and leader developed labs) as well as hardware, software, and sensors from Vernier Software (LabPro/LabQuest Interface and Logger
Pro software), PASCO Scientific, and Tracker software.

Recent versions of MBL tools allow the inclusion of movies for some interesting activities.  Video analysis,  frame-by-frame, can provide distance, velocity, and acceleration data in situations where sensors are not workable. Coupling video analysis with video modeling brings computational modeling into the
laboratory--opening up the analysis to include friction, air-resistance and damping (without requiring a numerical analysis or programming course!). A number of physics applications will be explored.

The emphasis of this workshop will be on using these tools (available for both Mac and Windows computers) to teach physics more effectively to two-year college (TYC) and high school (HS) students

The OSP Network:
Open Source Physics - Tracker - EJS Modeling
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