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Nissen, Jayson M.; Her Many Horses, Ian; Van Dusen, Ben – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2021
The American Physical Society calls on its members to improve the diversity of physics by supporting an inclusive culture that encourages women and Black, Indigenous, and people of color to become physicists. In the current educational system, it is unlikely for a student to become a physicist if they do not share the same attitudes about what it…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Gender Bias, Student Attitudes, Physics
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Orban, C. M.; Teeling-Smith, R. M. – Physics Teacher, 2020
Computational thinking" (CT) is still a relatively new term in the lexicon of learning objectives and science standards. The term was popularized in an essay by Wing, who said, "To reading, writing and arithmetic, we should add computational thinking to every child's analytical ability." Agreeing with this premise, in 2013 the…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Computation, Thinking Skills
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Oliver, Douglas L. – Physics Teacher, 2018
The study of vibration in uniform beams provides physics teachers with a platform by which a broad range of physics vibration-related topics can be explored without expensive and specialized equipment. This paper presents two laboratory exercises related to lateral beam vibrations. These exercises use beam theory coupled with free sound-analysis…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Science Laboratories, Science Activities
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Chou, Naomi; Hsu, Chen-Chia; Shen, Ji-Lin – Physics Education, 2021
We show that the gravitational acceleration g near Earth's surface can be easily determined with high accuracy by conducting the usual free fall experiment in high school or college physics laboratories. Unlike the conventional method of data analysis that uses formulas without taking air resistance into account, we consider the effect of air drag…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Physics, Scientific Concepts
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Baum, Dave – Physics Teacher, 2019
College physics textbooks (algebra based) tend to shy away from topics that are usually thought to require calculus. I suspect that most students are just as happy to avoid these topics. Occasionally, I encounter students who are not so easily satisfied, and have found it useful to maintain a storehouse of non-calculus solutions for some common…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Calculus, Trigonometry
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Christian, Wolfgang; Belloni, Mario; Sokolowska, Dagmara; Cox, Anne; Dancy, Melissa – Physics Education, 2020
Over the past 25 years, the Davidson College Physics Department has developed small computer programs called Physlets. These programs were written in Java and distributed as Java applets embedded in HTML pages. Physics teachers from around the world used Physlets to author interactive computer-based curricular materials for the teaching of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Teaching Methods, Computer Oriented Programs
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Sirnoorkar, Amogh; Mazumdar, Anwesh; Kumar, Arvind – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2020
We elaborate on a new approach of assessing content-based epistemic clarity of college physics students in terms of their ability to discriminate between different epistemic warrants for propositions in a chained argument in physics. A threefold classification (nominal, physical, and mathematical) of warrants is used, with each class split into a…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, College Science, Measurement Techniques
Ekwue, Eleazer U. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The practical nature of physics and its reliance on mathematical presentations and problem solving pose a challenge toward presentation of the course in an online environment for effective learning experience. Most first-time introductory college physics students fail to grasp the basic concepts of the course and the problem solving skills if the…
Descriptors: Physics, College Science, Online Courses, Introductory Courses
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Abdul-Razzaq, Wathiq; Thakur, Saikat Chakraborty – Contemporary Issues in Education Research, 2017
We all know that we must improve the quality of teaching in science at all levels. Not only physicists but also many students from other areas of study take the introductory physics courses in college. Physics introductory laboratories (labs) can be one of the best tools to help these students understand applications of scientific principles that…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Laboratory Experiments, Science Instruction, Instructional Improvement
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Zeng, Liang; Ortega, Ruben; Faust, John; Guerrero, Oscar – Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 2020
The nation faces critical shortages of Hispanic science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) college graduates--especially in physics. To address youth lack of awareness about physics careers, physics educators at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley implemented a strategic intervention anchored in Modern Expectancy-Value Theory,…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Education, Career Awareness, Intervention
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Liu, Xiaolai; Li, Qun; Gao, Jiangtao – Higher Education Studies, 2011
For the students who have just entered colleges, learning university physics would be a challenge. This paper discusses how to make students who have just finished senior high school physics won't feel difficult in learning university physics and how to guide and cultivate the students' interest in the study of physics so to stimulate the…
Descriptors: High Schools, Physics, College Students, Difficulty Level
Owens, Lindsay – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Students use causal reasoning in their everyday lives to generate hypotheses as to why an event occurred, or to create predictions about future events. Also, causal reasoning skills are critical in the laboratory setting and are needed to (1) look for patterns in collected data, (2) determine if relationships exist between variables, and (3)…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Education, Science Laboratories, Logical Thinking
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Tobin, R. G. – Physics Teacher, 2018
Abundant research leaves little question that pedagogical approaches involving active student engagement with the material, and opportunities for student-to-student discussions, lead to much better learning outcomes than traditional instructor-led, expository instructional formats, in physics and in many other fields. In introductory college…
Descriptors: College Students, College Science, Introductory Courses, Physics
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Haeruddin; Prasetyo, Zuhdan Kun; Supahar – International Journal of Instruction, 2020
This study aims at developing an instrument to measure metacognition in solving physics problems among college students. This study used Research and Development (R & D) model with the non-test instrument development model. The instrument was in the form of a questionnaire that consisted of four choices with the scale was ranging from 1 to 4.…
Descriptors: Physics, Problem Solving, Metacognition, Cognitive Tests
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Wang, Hongmei – International Education Studies, 2010
Based on the constructive theory, about 300 college students of grade 05 of the electronic information specialty of Dezhou University are surveyed for their alternative frameworks of particle mechanics in college physics in this article. In the survey, the questionnaires are used to find out college students' alternative frameworks, and the…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Surveys, Mechanics (Physics), College Science
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