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ERIC Number: EJ844995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
Conceptual Physics in the VCCS
Warren, William R.
Inquiry, v11 n1 p49-54 Spr 2006
Conceptual physics (CP) is an introductory survey course in which basic concepts are emphasized instead of formula-driven problem solving. Mathematical derivation is replaced by verbal explanation, pictorial representation, observations of phenomena, and logical reasoning. Algebraic equations are used as guides to thinking rather than recipes for computation. Introductory physics at the CP level is accessible to a much wider population of students than the more math-based introductory courses. In this article, the author provides a brief history of the conceptual approach and argues for increased and widespread teaching of conceptual physics courses in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), both to benefit a broad range of students and to support science programs at the colleges.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia