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ERIC Number: ED308909
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
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Developmental Studies Physics: The Doors It Opens.
DeJarnett, Patricia
Southern College of Technology (SCT) is the only institution in the University of Georgia system to offer a developmental physics course to give students with no previous physics coursework the conceptual background and vocabulary needed to complete SCT's physics requirements. The eight sections of the developmental course focus on: (1) literal and simultaneous equations, exponents, scientific notation, graphs, and geometry; (2) right triangle trigonometry; (3) equilibrium and friction; (4) torque and rotational equilibrium; (5) uniformly accelerated motion, gravity, and free-falling bodies; (6) force and acceleration; (7) energy and momentum; and (8) rotational motion. The text and accompanying software used in the course cover the same topics as standard college physics books, but at an introductory level. Data on the achievement of former developmental studies (DS) students in subsequent college-level physics courses were gathered for summer 1986 through fall 1988. These data revealed that 62.8% of the 188 former DS students who enrolled in Physics 201, "Mechanics," earned a passing grade, compared to 58.3% of the 1,790 non-DS students. In all three trigonometry-based physics courses, former DS students had higher pass rates than non-DS students, but more non-DS students earned a grade of C or better. Of the nine former DS students who enrolled in Physics 221, the calculus-based physics course, four passed. Syllabi and information on the course textbooks are provided for all the developmental and college-level physics courses. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
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