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SEI: Upper-division Electrostatics (E&M I) Course Materials

SEI: Upper-division Electrostatics (E&M I) Course Materials
This web site contains the research-based curricular materials on junior-level Electricity and Magnetism developed by the University of Colorado Science Education Initiative group. This course is the first semester of a two-semester course covering electro- and magneto-statics and closely follows the standard text by David Griffiths, "Introduction to Electrodynamics." The materials provided include concept tests, homework questions, tutorials, lecture notes, instructor guides, and the results of studies of student difficulties with the class.

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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)