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Muller, Rafael J.; Guerra-Vela, Claudio – American Journal of Physics, 2003
Presents innovative ideas that have been incorporated into the applied physics program at the Humacao Campus of the University of Puerto Rico since 1981. Describes a program that was designed as a professional (terminal) one with mechanisms to guide students who wish to pursue graduate studies. (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Electronics, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Physics
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Glasser, M. L.; Bousquet, Danielle – American Journal of Physics, 2003
Examines an isolated hydrogen atom in its ground state contained within a spherical shell. Demonstrates that by using a mathematical package and a simple shooting process, accurate values of a variety of the properties of compressed hydrogen can be obtained simply and quickly with a few lines of code. (Author/KHR)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Physics
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Cole, Milton W.; Zembal-Saul, Carla – American Journal of Physics, 2002
Explains problems with student achievement in science education that have been present for a long time and are still appearing in recent studies such as the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Introduces some collaborative activities to enhance elementary science education. (YDS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cooperation, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
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Muller, Rainer; Wiesner, Hartmut – American Journal of Physics, 2002
Presents a new research-based course on quantum mechanics in which the conceptual issues of quantum mechanics are taught at an introductory level. Involves students in the discovery of how quantum phenomena deviate from classical everyday experiences. (Contains 31 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Misconceptions
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Wittmann, Michael C.; Steinberg, Richard N.; Redish, Edward F. – American Journal of Physics, 2002
Investigates student reasoning about models of conduction. Reports that students often are unable to account for the existence of free electrons in a conductor and create models that lead to incorrect predictions and responses contradictory to expert descriptions of the physics involved. (Contains 36 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Electricity, Higher Education, Misconceptions
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Hammer, David – American Journal of Physics, 2000
Reviews perspectives on student resources for learning with an emphasis on the practical benefits to be gained for instruction. Explains that physics education research has focused almost exclusively on student difficulties and misconceptions. This work is limited in what it can tell about student knowledge and learning. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Higher Education, Misconceptions, Physics
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Rafert, Bruce; Nicklin, R. C. – American Journal of Physics, 1982
A one-semester hour laboratory course introduced junior and senior physics majors to assembly language programing and to interfacing KIM-1 microcomputer to experiments. A general purpose interface to a standard breadboard was developed. Course details, apparatus, and some interfacing projects are given. (Author/SK)
Descriptors: College Science, Computer Oriented Programs, Course Descriptions, Course Objectives
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Eger, Martin; Kress, Michael – American Journal of Physics, 1982
A model is introduced for the simulation of Boltzmann-like binary interactions which may be extended to exhibit the effect of angular dependence in the scattering cross section and other dynamical aspects of two-body interactions. (Author/SK)
Descriptors: College Science, Higher Education, Models, Nuclear Physics
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Stein, T. S.; Dishman, L. G. – American Journal of Physics, 1982
Describes a ripple tank demonstration that displays interference patterns responsible for producing beats and provides photographs of computer simulations of various beat interference patterns. Includes programs for the computer simulation and equations of constructive interference paths in beat interference patterns. (Author/SK)
Descriptors: Acoustics, College Science, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Programs
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Jones, J. H.; And Others – American Journal of Physics, 1982
Polarization of laser light is discussed and the theoretical and experimental aspects of fluxes are considered. (Author/SK)
Descriptors: College Science, Higher Education, Lasers, Light
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Chonacky, Norman – American Journal of Physics, 1982
Discusses the use of a microcomputer/mini-floppy disk system by physics students to store and analyze experimental data and exchange messages with the lab instructor. Also discusses other uses, in particular those fostering critical thinking and hypothetico-deductive reasoning. (Author/SK)
Descriptors: College Science, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Higher Education
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Metz, Roger N. – American Journal of Physics, 1982
Describes a microcomputer-based multichannel analyzer (MCA) in which the front end is connected to a microcomputer through a custom interface. Thus an MCA System of 1024 channel resolution, programmable in Basic rather than in machine language and having moderate cost, is achieved. (Author/SK)
Descriptors: College Science, Higher Education, Input Output Devices, Measurement Equipment
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Esbenshade, Donald H. – American Journal of Physics, 1982
Emphasizes parallels between mystical and physics concepts and discusses: (1) reasons for possible interaction between physics and mysticism; (2) difficulties with these approaches; and (3) related educational and learning aspects for physics. Concludes that efforts to use mysticism to help understand physics are not justified and offers…
Descriptors: College Science, Higher Education, Mysticism, Physics
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Lin, Herbert – American Journal of Physics, 1982
The following animal characteristics are considered to determine how properties and characteristics of various systems change with system size (scaling): skeletal weight, speed of running, height and range of jumping, food consumption, heart rate, lifetime, locomotive efficiency, frequency of wing-flapping, and maximum sizes of flying and hovering…
Descriptors: Animals, College Science, Higher Education, Mathematical Applications
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Graves, Susan K.; And Others – American Journal of Physics, 1982
Describes an exercise, suitable for use on programmable calculators or microcomputers, to calculate some of the rapidly processing orbits of a mass M near a static black hole star of mass M. (SK)
Descriptors: Astronomy, Calculators, College Science, Higher Education
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