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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

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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FFPER: Puget Sound 2016
The third FFPERPS (Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research: Puget Sound) conference will be held June 16-19, 2016 at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center in Diablo, WA.

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Feb 10 Variation of instructor-student interactions in an introductory interactive physics course
Feb 4 Reinventing college physics for biologists: Explicating an epistemological curriculum
Feb 4 Students' Understanding of the Special Theory of Relativity and Design for a Guided Visit to a Science Museum
Feb 4 Measuring Reform Practices in Science and Mathematics Classrooms: The Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol

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January 20 at 11:54 AM EST
Jacob Turner posted Has anyone ever used the FCI for nonsense? to the Has anyone ever used the FCI for no... thread.