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Abstract Title: Leveraging nanotubes to tackle low student motivation in vectors and coordinate systems in intro physics
Abstract: In winter and spring term, 2011, a series of surveys were given in introductory calculus-based physics at Oregon State University to determine areas of the mechanics curriculum that are markedly low in terms of student motivation, and to understand the basis of the low motivation.  Using motivation and project-based learning literature, a series of activities with the context of carbon nanotubes were implemented during spring term 2012 in the activity-based portion of this course.  This poster will address the survey process, our findings on student motivation for the mechanics curriculum, and the activities we developed.  This project encompassed a range from quantitative to qualitative data and curriculum development and implementation with a team of instructors. The poster will also address the process of condensing a large project into something manageable for an undergraduate student thesis, including 'shadowing' the survey validation process, learning non-parametric statistics, and learning qualitative data analysis techniques.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Dedra Demaree
Oregon State University / Physics
301 Weniger Hall, OSU Physics Dept
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 5417371713
and Co-Presenter(s)
Sam Settelmeyer, Oregon State University