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SEI: Classical Mechanics/Math Methods I Course Materials

SEI: Classical Mechanics/Math Methods I Course Materials
This website provides the materials to teach a transformed sophomore-level classical mechanics/math methods course. The provided course is the first semester of a two-semester sequence at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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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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Jan 21 Machine Learning Predicts Responses to Conceptual Questions Using Eye Movements
Jan 21 Confusion and representational practices as factors that sustain rich pedagogical discussions within faculty online learning communities

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