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

For the Classroom

Connecting Meaning and Mathematics

Connecting Meaning and Mathematics
This page contains step-by-step tutorials and guided inquiry activities designed to help students discover physical properties and concepts by developing understanding from mathematics. Most of this material is written for upper level classical mechanics courses. Connections are made with the Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials by Ambrose and Wittmann.

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Research Instruments

Representational Variant of the Force Concept Inventory (R-FCI)

Representational Variant of the Force Concept Inventory (R-FCI)
The R-FCI, developed by Nieminen, Savinainen, and Viiri, is designed to investigate students' ability to interpret multiple representations consistently in the context of four force concepts: Newton's first, second, and third laws, and gravitation. It is based on nine FCI items that have been redesigned using various representations (such as motion map, vectorial, and graphical).

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FFPER: Puget Sound 2016
The third FFPERPS (Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research: Puget Sound) conference will be held June 16-19, 2016 at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center in Diablo, WA.

Physics Education Research Conference 2016
PERC 2016 will be held July 20-21, 2016 in Sacramento, CA.  The theme will be "A Methodological Approach to PER."

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Mar 18 Teacher Characteristics and Student Learning in Secondary Science
Feb 21 How do they get here?: Paths into physics education research
Feb 21 Representing energy. II. Energy tracking representations
Feb 21 Representing energy. I. Representing a substance ontology for energy

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