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This resource is a collection of activity-based physics tutorials developed by the University of Sydney Physics Education Research group (SUPER).   Designed to be implemented in student-centered cooperative learning environments, the tutorials feature thematic workshops across a broad range of topics for first year physics students.  Cooperative groups start with a fill-in-the-blanks paragraph, developed to engage interaction and provide a non-threatening entry into the work.  This is followed by discussion questions designed to get the students talking and discussing the physics.  A hands-on activity follows, encouraging students to take a short break from sitting, while still continuing to "think physics". There are then two qualitative short-response questions, followed by a problem in which they apply the mathematics.  Solutions, freely available on the web site, are to be distributed to students at the end of each tutorial, giving them immediate feedback.

Covered topics include Mechanics, Properties of Matter, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism, Waves, Optics, and Quantum Mechanics (including Nuclear and Atomic Physics).  A separate volume discusses the hands-on activities for all topics with descriptions of the apparatus and the physics illustrated in each case.  Each tutorial is freely accessible in pdf format or Word format, to allow teachers to customize materials.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- General
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Cooperative Learning
= Inquiry Learning
General Physics
- Collections
- Physics Education Research
Oscillations & Waves
- General
- Oscillations
= Simple Harmonic Motion
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Collection
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Tutorial
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- Laboratory
- Assessment
- New teachers
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active learning, activities, classroom activities, cooperative learning, hands-on activities, lecture demonstrations
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Metadata instance created July 10, 2008 by Caroline Hall
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(University of Sydney, Sydney, 2002), WWW Document, (http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/super/physics_tut/contents.html).
Workshop Tutorials for Physics (University of Sydney, Sydney, 2002), <http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/super/physics_tut/contents.html>.
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Workshop Tutorials for Physics. (2007, June 10). Retrieved May 18, 2024, from University of Sydney: http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/super/physics_tut/contents.html
Chicago Format
Sydney University Physics Education Research Group. Workshop Tutorials for Physics. Sydney: University of Sydney, June 10, 2007. http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/super/physics_tut/contents.html (accessed 18 May 2024).
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Workshop Tutorials for Physics. Sydney: University of Sydney, 2002. 10 June 2007. Sydney University Physics Education Research Group. 18 May 2024 <http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/super/physics_tut/contents.html>.
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