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This website contains a series of peer instruction problems on waves and oscillations, designed to be solved in a classroom setting. The problems are presented with a qualitative question (usually multiple choice) that is carefully constructed to engage student difficulties with fundamental concepts.  Students consider the problem individually and contribute their answers using personal response systems or flash cards.  Students then confer with their cooperative groups and vote again on the correct response.  Topics covered include wave superposition, graph interpretation, wave  velocity, and force related to masses on a spring.

This problem set is part of the Physics Suite collection, containing sample problems, peer instruction problems, and alternative homework sets.  
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Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
= Springs and Oscillators
- Wave Motion
= Longitudinal Pulses and Waves
= Transfer of Energy in Waves
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
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PI problem, classroom question, clicker question, in-class question, mass on a spring, springs, superpositioning, wave motion, wave properties, wave velocity
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Metadata instance created July 15, 2008 by Christopher Allen
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Teaching About Waves and Wave Energy

Peer Instruction, a well-researched teaching method developed by Harvard professor Eric Mazur, is intended to actively engage students while also allowing the teacher to gauge understanding of a single concept.  Students individually "vote" on a correct response to a carefully-constructed problem, then discuss their reasoning with peers.  This is a set of annotated Peer Instruction problems on the topic of waves.

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E. Redish, (2004), WWW Document, (http://www.physics.umd.edu/perg/role/PIProbs/O.htm).
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Redish, E. (2007, August 28). Physics Suite Peer Instruction Problems: Oscillations and Waves. Retrieved January 23, 2022, from http://www.physics.umd.edu/perg/role/PIProbs/O.htm
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Redish, Edward F.. Physics Suite Peer Instruction Problems: Oscillations and Waves. August 28, 2007. http://www.physics.umd.edu/perg/role/PIProbs/O.htm (accessed 23 January 2022).
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Is Based On Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite

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Is Based On Peer Instruction Problems: Introduction to the Method

This is an introduction to the Peer Instruction method of teaching, with links to in-depth information on the subject and annotated collections of Peer Instruction problems organized by subject.

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