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Reviews in PER

Over the past two decades, the PER community has developed a number of effective instructional strategies for calculus-based university physics classes.

This review article helps to bring a set of those results to the instructional community:

Matter & Interactions
by R. Chabay and B. Sherwood.

Find more articles that help to bridge research and practice in Volume 1 of Reviews in PER.

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Browse the different PER groups and their descriptions on the PER Program Map.

For the Classroom

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.

Find more PER-based Curricular Materials: Course Packages | Student Activities | Pedagogy Guides

Research Instruments

Relativity Concept Inventory (RCI)

Relativity Concept Inventory (RCI)
The Relativity Concept Inventory (RCI), developed by Aslanides and Savage, assesses student understanding of special relativity concepts commonly taught in introductory physics courses.

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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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Mar 14 An Overview on Research on Gender and Under-Represented Ethnicities in Physics Education
Mar 2 2017 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings
Mar 2 The use of epistemic distancing to create a safe space to sensemake in introductory physics tutorials
Mar 1 Negative quantities in mechanics: a fine-grained math and physics conceptual blend?