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SEI: Upper-division Electrostatics (E&M I) Course Materials

SEI: Upper-division Electrostatics (E&M I) Course Materials
This web site contains the research-based curricular materials on junior-level Electricity and Magnetism developed by the University of Colorado Science Education Initiative group. This course is the first semester of a two-semester course covering electro- and magneto-statics and closely follows the standard text by David Griffiths, "Introduction to Electrodynamics." The materials provided include concept tests, homework questions, tutorials, lecture notes, instructor guides, and the results of studies of student difficulties with the class.

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Research Instruments

Energy Concept Assessment

Energy Concept Assessment
The Energy Concept Assessment, developed by Lin Ding, is designed to evaluate students' conceptual understanding of energy in algebra- or calculus-based introductory physics 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

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March 19 at 4:35 PM EST
Mel Sabella posted PERTG grants due March 30, 2015 to the US - AAPT Physics Education Researc... thread.

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September 9 at 8:08 PM EST
MacKenzie Stetzer posted PERLOC Conference Scholarships Available: Deadline of October 1, 2013 to the US - AAPT Physics Education Researc... thread.

April 3 at 10:46 AM EST
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