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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

Intuitive Quantum Physics

Intuitive Quantum Physics
This web site provides small-group learning materials for teaching wave physics and modern physics to non-science-majors. Observation, qualitative analysis, and graphical representations are used to introduce interference, discuss energy and probability, and explain bound states, spectroscopy, modeling of molecules, and tunneling.

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Research Instruments

Magnetism Conceptual Survey

Magnetism Conceptual Survey
The Magnetism Conceptual Survey (MCS), developed by Singh and Li, is designed to evaluate students' conceptual understanding of magnetism up to Faraday's law. It is written for algebra- and calculus-based introductory courses.

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PER Events PER-Central Announcements RSS

Workshop on the status of the Upper-division Physics Curriculum
June 5-7, 2014
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

Physics Education Research Conference 2014
PERC 2014 will be held July 30-31, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN.  The theme will be "Outpacing New Technologies with Novel Pedagogies: The Role of PER in the Transforming Landscape of Higher Education."

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Apr 11 A conceptual physics class where students found meaning in calculations
Apr 11 Comparing Physics and Math Problems
Apr 11 Comparing The Use Of Multimedia Animations And Written Solutions In Facilitating Problem Solving
Apr 11 Examining inconsistencies in student reasoning approaches