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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

Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials

Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials
This web site provides small-group learning materials for teaching intermediate mechanics. The physics is Newtonian with very little Lagrangian formalism. Materials are a mix of conceptual, mathematical, and problem solving University of Washington-style tutorials, as well as related research results, examination questions, and suggested course outlines.

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Research Instruments

Quantum Mechanics Survey

Quantum Mechanics Survey
The Quantum Mechanics Survey, developed by Singh and Zhu, is designed to evaluate students' conceptual understanding of quantum mechanics in junior-level courses.

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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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Feb 22 Developing a quantum mechanics concept inventory
Feb 10 University of Pittsburgh: PER Publications, Tools, and Strategies
Feb 10 Hands-on Problems focusing on Physics Concepts
Feb 10 Web-based Interactive Problem Solving Tutorials for Introductory Physics