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Abstract Title: Problem-Based Learning in Upper Division Courses: Student Successes, Perceptions, and Reactions
Abstract: This poster will present an experiment in project/problem-based learning (PBL) in an upper division mathematical physics course.  The group project in the course involved modeling a zombie outbreak of  the type seen in AMC's "The Walking Dead".  Students researched, devised, and solved their mathematical models for the spread of zombie-like infection.  Students independently learned and utilized numerical methods to solve highly coupled systems of differential equations.  This work will also explore student perceptions and reactions to problem-based learning, and the feasibility of using PBL as the sole pedagogy in upper division physics courses.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Gintaras Duda
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Physics Department
Omaha, NE 68178
Phone: 402-280-5730
and Co-Presenter(s)
James Ross, Creighton University