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Welcome to PER-Central, a resource collection for physics education researchers. Here you may find articles, theses and dissertations, research groups, curricular material, and news and events of interest to the PER Community. Learn more about PER-Central.

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Reviews in PER

Over the past two decades, the PER community has developed a number of effective instructional strategies for calculus-based university physics classes.

This review article helps to bring a set of those results to the instructional community:

Matter & Interactions
by R. Chabay and B. Sherwood.

Find more articles that help to bridge research and practice in Volume 1 of Reviews in PER.

Community Resources

Features

Respectful PER Reviews

This document, prepared by journal editors and PER community members, grew out of conversations that brought attention to the negative impact particular reviews have had on community members. These conversations precipitated a survey inviting community members to share their experiences of the PER journal review process. This 2-page survey summary issues recommendations on the basis of our interpretations. We focus on respectful reviewing and do not comprehensively address reviewing practices writ large.

PER Programs

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Browse the different PER groups and their descriptions on the PER Program Map.

For the Classroom

SEI: Classical Mechanics/Math Methods I Course Materials

SEI: Classical Mechanics/Math Methods I Course Materials
This website provides the materials to teach a transformed sophomore-level classical mechanics/math methods course. The provided course is the first semester of a two-semester sequence at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Find more PER-based Curricular Materials: Course Packages | Student Activities | Pedagogy Guides

Research Instruments

Rotational and Rolling Motion Conceptual Survey

Rotational and Rolling Motion Conceptual Survey
The Rotational and Rolling Motion Conceptual Survey, developed by Singh and Rimoldini, is designed to evaluate students' conceptual understanding of rotational and rolling motion. The survey is based on investigations of students' difficulties in introductory- and junior-level physics courses.

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