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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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Reviews in PER

Over the past two decades, the PER community has developed a number of effective instructional strategies for calculus-based university physics classes.

This review article helps to bring a set of those results to the instructional community:

Matter & Interactions
by R. Chabay and B. Sherwood.

Find more articles that help to bridge research and practice in Volume 1 of Reviews in PER.

Community Resources

Features

Respectful PER Reviews

This document, prepared by journal editors and PER community members, grew out of conversations that brought attention to the negative impact particular reviews have had on community members. These conversations precipitated a survey inviting community members to share their experiences of the PER journal review process. This 2-page survey summary issues recommendations on the basis of our interpretations. We focus on respectful reviewing and do not comprehensively address reviewing practices writ large.

PER Programs

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Browse the different PER groups and their descriptions on the PER Program Map.

For the Classroom

SEI: Upper-Division Electrodynamics (E&M 2) Course Materials

SEI: Upper-Division Electrodynamics (E&M 2) Course Materials
This web site contains a complete suite of resources suitable for the second semester of an upper-division undergraduate electricity and magnetism class. The materials include clicker questions, in-class activities, homework problems, and assessments.

Find more PER-based Curricular Materials: Course Packages | Student Activities | Pedagogy Guides

Research Instruments

Energy and Momentum Conceptual Survey

Energy and Momentum Conceptual Survey
The Energy and Momentum Conceptual Survey (EaMCS), developed by Rosengrant and Singh, is based on investigations of students' difficulties in momentum and energy. It is designed for students in algebra- and calculus-based introductory courses.

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Jul 30 Modification of a Physics Rotational Kinematics Concept Inventory for use with Engineering Dynamics Students
Jul 19 Maker Lab course materials
Jun 15 University Modeling Instruction
Jun 15 Writing good negative reviews

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