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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

Connecting Meaning and Mathematics

Connecting Meaning and Mathematics
This page contains step-by-step tutorials and guided inquiry activities designed to help students discover physical properties and concepts by developing understanding from mathematics. Most of this material is written for upper level classical mechanics courses. Connections are made with the Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials by Ambrose and Wittmann.

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Research Instruments

Energy Concept Assessment

Energy Concept Assessment
The Energy Concept Assessment, developed by Lin Ding, is designed to evaluate students' conceptual understanding of energy in algebra- or calculus-based introductory physics courses.

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FFPER: Puget Sound 2024
The fifth FFPERPS (Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research: Puget Sound) conference will be held June 20-23, 2024 at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center.

Physics Education Research Conference 2024
PERC 2024 will be held July 10-11, 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts.  The theme will be "Bridging the Institutional Gap: PER at Primarily Undergraduate Four Year Institution, Two-Year College, and K-12 Levels."

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Jan 12 Empirical investigations of learning and teaching, part II: Developing research-based instructional materials
Jan 12 Empirical investigations of learning and teaching, part I: Examining and interpreting student thinking
Jan 11 Identifying student conceptual resources for understanding physics: A practical guide for researchers
Dec 21 An Introduction to Computer Simulation Methods Third Edition (revised)