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Inclusion of the Energy Thread in the Introductory Physics Curriculum: An Example of Long-Term Conceptual and Thematic Coherence
written by Eric Brewe
The energy thread is a logical outgrowth of the modeling theory of physics instruction; it exemplifies a conceptually and pedagogically coherent theme designed to enhance connections between models inherent in the introductory curriculum. Implementation of the energy thread requires restructuring and reorganization of the existing curriculum. The reorganization and restructuring of the curriculum is designed to reinforce expert characteristics of physicists including, coordination of representation, qualitative analysis, and flexibility of method guided by a rich knowledge base organized around a small set of general models. In-depth descriptions of the modeling tools, instructional design, and methodology are included. Comparisons based on the Force Concept Inventory, as well as on problem solutions, are made between two university physics courses, one taught with an included energy thread and another with a traditional treatment of energy concepts. The energy thread course compared favorably on all instruments. Student interviews further characterize students' use of modeling tools and problem-solving approaches as encouraged by the energy thread.
University: Arizona State University
Academic Department:  Department of Physics
Pages 171
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Classical Mechanics
- Work and Energy
Education - Applied Research
- Curriculum Development
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General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
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© 2002 Eric Brewe
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modeling physics, problem solving
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Metadata instance created December 18, 2006 by Bruce Mason
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E. Brewe, Inclusion of the Energy Thread in the Introductory Physics Curriculum: An Example of Long-Term Conceptual and Thematic Coherence, Arizona State University, 2002, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4761&DocID=205>.
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Brewe, E. (2002, December 1). Inclusion of the Energy Thread in the Introductory Physics Curriculum: An Example of Long-Term Conceptual and Thematic Coherence (Arizona State University, 2002). Retrieved November 23, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4761&DocID=205
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Brewe, Eric. "Inclusion of the Energy Thread in the Introductory Physics Curriculum: An Example of Long-Term Conceptual and Thematic Coherence." Arizona State University, 2002. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4761&DocID=205 (accessed 23 November 2017).
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Brewe, Eric. "Inclusion of the Energy Thread in the Introductory Physics Curriculum: An Example of Long-Term Conceptual and Thematic Coherence." 1 Dec. 2002. Arizona State University, 2002. 23 Nov. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4761&DocID=205>.
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