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

For the Classroom

Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials

Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials
This web site provides small-group learning materials for teaching intermediate mechanics. The physics is Newtonian with very little Lagrangian formalism. Materials are a mix of conceptual, mathematical, and problem solving University of Washington-style tutorials, as well as related research results, examination questions, and suggested course outlines.

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Research Instruments

Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment

Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment
The Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment (BEMA), developed by Chabay and Sherwood, assesses student understanding of basic electricity and magnetism concepts. It is written for college-level 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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June 13 at 11:25 AM EST
H. Vince Kuo posted Program Information to the University of Utah thread.