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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

Colorado Upper Division Electrostatics (CUE) Asssessment

Colorado Upper Division Electrostatics (CUE) Asssessment
The Colorado Upper Division Electrostatics (CUE) Asssessment is designed to test student understanding of core learning goals in junior-level E&M. It consists of a 17-item open-ended test with optional 9-item pretest.

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FFPER: Puget Sound 2018
The fourth FFPERPS (Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research: Puget Sound) conference will be held June 16-19, 2018 at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center about 60 miles east of Burlington, WA.

Physics Education Research Conference 2018
PERC 2018 will be held August 1-2, 2018 in Washington, DC.  The theme will be "Having Wonderful Ideas: Connecting the Content, Outcomes, and Pedagogies of Physics."

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Dec 31 Expanded Markers of Success in Introductory University Physics
Dec 31 Exploring the relationship between self-efficacy and retention in introductory physics
Oct 25 Modeling theory applied: Modeling Instruction in Introductory Physics
Oct 25 Modifying the test of understanding graphs in kinematics