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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

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 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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Jun 12 Visual cues improve students’ understanding of divergence and curl: Evidence from eye movements
Jun 12 Reducing the gender gap in students’ physics self-efficacy in a team- and project-based introductory physics class
Jun 6 Effectiveness of Ninth-Grade Physics in Maine: Conceptual Understanding
Jun 6 Observable Features of Active Science Education Practices

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