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Physical Review Physics Education Research
written by Marcos D. Caballero, Leanne Doughty, Anna Turnbull, Rachel E. Pepper, and Steven J. Pollock
Reliable and validated assessments of introductory physics have been instrumental in driving curricular and pedagogical reforms that lead to improved student learning. As part of an effort to systematically improve our sophomore-level classical mechanics and math methods course (CM 1) at CU Boulder, we have developed a tool to assess student learning of CM 1 concepts in the upper division. The Colorado Classical Mechanics and Math Methods Instrument (CCMI) builds on faculty consensus learning goals and systematic observations of student difficulties. The result is a 9-question open-ended post test that probes student learning in the first half of a two-semester classical mechanics and math methods sequence. In this paper, we describe the design and development of this instrument, its validation, and measurements made in classes at CU Boulder and elsewhere.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 13, Issue 1, Pages 010118
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Classical Mechanics
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Marcos D. Caballero, Leanne Doughty, Anna M. Turnbull, Rachel E. Pepper, and Steven J. Pollock
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10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.13.010118
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Classical Mechanics, Colorado Classical Mechanics and Math Methods Instrument, Math methods
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M. Caballero, L. Doughty, A. Turnbull, R. Pepper, and S. Pollock, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 13 (1), 010118 (2017), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.13.010118).
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M. Caballero, L. Doughty, A. Turnbull, R. Pepper, and S. Pollock, Assessing learning outcomes in middle-division classical mechanics: The Colorado Classical Mechanics and Math Methods Instrument, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 13 (1), 010118 (2017), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.13.010118>.
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Caballero, M., Doughty, L., Turnbull, A., Pepper, R., & Pollock, S. (2017, April 19). Assessing learning outcomes in middle-division classical mechanics: The Colorado Classical Mechanics and Math Methods Instrument. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 13(1), 010118. Retrieved April 17, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.13.010118
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Caballero, M, L. Doughty, A. Turnbull, R. Pepper, and S. Pollock. "Assessing learning outcomes in middle-division classical mechanics: The Colorado Classical Mechanics and Math Methods Instrument." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 13, no. 1, (April 19, 2017): 010118, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.13.010118 (accessed 17 April 2024).
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Caballero, Marcos D., Leanne Doughty, Anna Turnbull, Rachel Pepper, and Steven Pollock. "Assessing learning outcomes in middle-division classical mechanics: The Colorado Classical Mechanics and Math Methods Instrument." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 13.1 (2017): 010118. 17 Apr. 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.13.010118>.
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