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Abstract Title: Issues and progress in transforming a middle-division Classical Mechanics/Math Methods course
Abstract: The physics department at the University of Colorado, Boulder has recently begun a transformation of its Classical Mechanics/Math Methods course, a middle-division course taken primarily by sophomore physics majors.  We describe the model and process of this transformation, including holding faculty meetings to create consensus learning goals and a conceptual diagnostic, observing students and student work, and adopting, adapting and creating research-based course materials and structures. We report preliminary observations of student learning gains, student attitudes towards the transformation, and some common student difficulties with the course material. Ongoing plans and sustainability issues for the course transformation will also be discussed.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Steven Pollock
University of Colorado, Boulder
390 UCB, Dep't of Physics
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309
Phone: 303-492-2495
and Co-Presenter(s)
Rachel Pepper (University of Colorado) ,
Aysia Marino (University of Colorado)