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written by Gintaras Duda and James Ross
This paper presents an experiment in project/problem-based learning (PBL) in an upper division mathematical physics course. The group project in the course involved modeling a zombie outbreak of the type seen in AMC's The Walking Dead. Students researched, devised, and solved their mathematical models for the spread of a zombie-like infection. Students independently learned and utilized numerical methods to solve highly coupled systems of differential equations. This work explores student perceptions and reactions to problem-based learning, and the feasibility of using PBL as the sole pedagogy in upper division physics courses.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 183-186
Subjects ADS Supplements Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Cooperative Learning
= Problem Solving
- Instructional Material Design
= Project
- Pedagogy
Mathematical Tools
- Differential Equations
- Non-linear Equations
- Numerical Analysis
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2011 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.3680025
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.gb
Keywords:
Group Problem Solving, PERC 2011, Pedagogy in Upper Division Courses, Problem Based Learning, Student Attitudes
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G. Duda and J. Ross, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11842&DocID=2693).
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G. Duda and J. Ross, Problem-based learning in upper division courses: Student successes, perceptions, and reactions, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11842&DocID=2693>.
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Duda, G., & Ross, J. (2011, August 3-4). Problem-based learning in upper division courses: Student successes, perceptions, and reactions. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved November 25, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11842&DocID=2693
Chicago Format
Duda, Gintaras, and James Ross. "Problem-based learning in upper division courses: Student successes, perceptions, and reactions." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11842&DocID=2693 (accessed 25 November 2014).
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Duda, Gintaras, and James Ross. "Problem-based learning in upper division courses: Student successes, perceptions, and reactions." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 183-186 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference. 25 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11842&DocID=2693>.
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