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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

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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Physics Education Research Conference 2019
PERC 2018 will be held July 24-25, 2019 in Provo, UT.  The theme will be "Physics Outside of the Classroom: Teaching, Learning, and Cultural Engagement in Informal Physics Environments."

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May 23 Teaching Special Relativity Using Physlets®
May 23 Teaching with Physlets®: Examples From Optics
May 23 Using Physlets to Teach Electrostatics
May 16 The Physlet Approach to Simulation Design

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