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Abstract Title: Effects of a Design-style Lab in Introductory Algebra-based Mechanics
Abstract: At the University of Illinois, we have piloted a new design-style laboratory which focuses on sense-making and the acquisition of scientific skills.  These reforms were previously piloted in our calculus-based introductory mechanics course for physics and engineering majors.  This is the first year we piloted the same reforms in our algebra-based introductory mechanics course, which primarily serves life science students.  We collected data on both students' attitudes and conceptual learning using traditional instruments.  We compare these data from students in the reformed laboratory sections with data from students in the more traditional step-by-step guided labs.  We will also report a comparative analysis of these students with students in calculus-based introductory mechanics, both in the traditional and reformed labs, and with published results from other course reforms serving life science students in introductory physics.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: William R. Evans
Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1110 W. Green St
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 801-318-7768
and Co-Presenter(s)
Mats Selen -- Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign