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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

Intuitive Quantum Physics

Intuitive Quantum Physics
This web site provides small-group learning materials for teaching wave physics and modern physics to non-science-majors. Observation, qualitative analysis, and graphical representations are used to introduce interference, discuss energy and probability, and explain bound states, spectroscopy, modeling of molecules, and tunneling.

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Research Instruments

Determining and Interpreting Resistive Electric Circuit Concepts Test

Determining and Interpreting Resistive Electric Circuit Concepts Test
DIRECT, developed by Engelhardt and Beichner, is designed to evaluate students' reasoning regarding direct current resistive electric circuits. The test may be administered to students in algebra- or calculus-based introductory physics courses.

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Physics Education Research Conference 2021
PERC 2021 will be held August 4, 2021 - August 5, 2021 online.  The theme will be "Making Physics More Inclusive and Eliminating Exclusionary Practices in Physics."

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Jul 21 Demographics of physics education research
Jul 1 Transforming the preparation of physics graduate teaching assistants
Jun 1 Workshop Physics and Related Curricula: A 25-Year History of Collaborative Learning Enhanced by Computer Tools for Observation and Analysis
May 12 Characterizing representational learning: A combined simulation and tutorial on perturbation theory

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