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For the Classroom

University of Pittsburg E&M Tutorial Series

University of Pittsburg E&M Tutorial Series
This set of research-based student tutorials cover the topics of Coulomb's Law, the superposition principle, and symmetry in electrostatics. The materials are appropriate for a calculus-based introductory physics course. Optional pre- and post-tests are available.

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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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Physics Education Research Conference 2015
PERC 2015 will be held July 29-30, 2015 in College Park, MD.  The theme will be "Critical examination of laboratory-centered instruction and experimental research in physics education."

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May 28 Failure to Engage: Examining the Impact of Metacognitive Interventions on Persistent Intuitive Reasoning Approaches
May 26 Engaging Physics Faculty in Course Transformation
May 26 Difficulties Understanding the Explicative Model of Simple DC Circuits in Introductory Physics Courses
May 26 Studying Expert Practices to Create Learning Goals for Electronics Labs

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