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Abstract Title: Modeling Instruction: Optics
Abstract: In this project, we developed, implemented, and evaluated a new optics unit in the Modeling Instruction – Electricity and Magnetism (MI-E&M) curriculum.  The MI-E&M course is a studio-style, active learning classroom that focuses on teaching students to use models to explain, predict, describe and understand physics phenomena.  As part of a larger curriculum development project, we designed classroom activities, laboratories, homework, and instructor's guides for an optics model, including the topics: properties of light, interference, diffraction, reflection, and refraction.  These materials were implemented in two sections of MI-E&M at Florida International University during the Spring 2016 term. As a preliminary evaluation of the optics materials, we designed a short survey covering the topics taught, which was distributed in both sections of MI-E&M before and after the optics unit.  We present an analysis of this data, including overall learning gains and an item-by-item analysis of student responses.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: John K. Pendas
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 7862911541
and Co-Presenter(s)
Daryl McPadden
-Florida International University

Geoff Potvin
-Florida International University

Eric Brewe
-Florida International University