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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

Paradigms in Physics: Quantum Activities

Paradigms in Physics: Quantum Activities
This web page provides activities for Quantum Mechanics classes. Each activity includes learning goals and a guide for instructors. Activities for Operators, Eigenstates, Probability Densities, Stern-Gerlach Simulations, Schrödinger's Equation, and Time Evolution are included.

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Research Instruments

Attitudes and Approaches to Problem Solving Survey

Attitudes and Approaches to Problem Solving Survey
The AAPS, developed by Mason and Singh, is designed to evaluate students' attitudes and approaches towards physics problem solving. The survey is based on investigations of responses from introductory physics students, graduate students, and faculty members. It expands upon the Attitudes towards Problem Solving survey (Marx and Cummings, 2007) to consider approaches to problem solving and different levels of problem solving expertise.

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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