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Abstract Title: Making Research a Positive Experiential Learning Experience for Non-Physics Majors
Abstract: Students enrolled in General Physics II at The University of Findlay major in a wide variety of programs such as biology, physical therapy, forensic science, nuclear medicine, and pre-veterinary science. For over five years, our General Physics II course has featured a semester-long research project, in which each student comes up with his/her own research idea. The project must involve at least one physics concept and include creative as well as experimental components. While conducting the research, students design a scientific experiment, analyze their data by making use of physics knowledge and Excel or other tools, draw solid conclusions based on their data and observations, and present their projects in a scientific poster format. In our presentation, the timeline of implementing the research assignment, examples of students' projects, rubrics for grading, assessment of learning outcomes, and opportunities as well as challenges in implementing research in the course are addressed.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Guofen (Heather) Yu
The University of Findlay
1000 N. Main Street
Findlay, OH 45840
Phone: (419) 434-4493
and Co-Presenter(s)
Peter Ronhovde (Presenter)
Landon Bellavia