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Goal-less problems

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I talked about my use of goal-less problems on my physics semester exam. The essential idea is that the question is actually just a description of a situation. The student's job is to model the sit...

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Workshop Tutorials for Physics

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These workshop-style tutorials and accompanying activities guide students in all topics of physics.

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APlusPhysics

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APlusPhysics is an online resource for high school physics students, featuring physics tutorials, physics videos, forums, blogs, and activities to build deep conceptual understanding

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Arkansas Conceptual Physics Inventory


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Dolores Gende's curator insight, February 18, 2013 10:16 AM
Arkansas Conceptual Electricity and Magnetism
Conceptual Inventory Construction and Self Testing SiteThis site allows a visitor to test his or her conceptual knowledge of electricity and magnetism. Electricity and magnetism inventories can also be constructed and printed from the site. 
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The Pendulum

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Dolores Gende's curator insight, March 18, 2013 3:28 PM

Six pendulum experiments.

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Projectile Motion Assessment Task

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You are a game designer for Rovio Entertainment, the company that makes Angry Birds.  The human resources department wants your input. They are hiring several programmers to build the physics engin...

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Physics Question of the Week: Topic Index


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Dolores Gende's curator insight, June 18, 2013 8:38 AM

Physics is filled with an almost infinite variety of problems and questions. Of course, in physics it is not sufficient to simply "guess" the answer, correct or not. In fact, one may even learn more about physics during the process of working through a problem even if the wrong conclusion is reached. A good argument about an interesting physics problem is one of the ways to learn the most about physics, and also helps to prepare you for marriage.

We will try to select questions that require perhaps more than the minimal amount of thought, in that there may be good reasons why any of the possible answers might be correct. The way to form a conclusion about such problems is to try to figure out what ideas or laws of physics are relevant, then try to figure out how they might be applied.

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Glass Harp - pitch | Oscilations and waves | Physics experiments

Glass Harp - pitch | Oscilations and waves | Physics experiments | physics | Scoop.it
Glass harp reportedly first built around 1730 in southern Germany. In the mid 18th century, became popular throughout Europe and became a common musical instrument.

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Toys from Trash

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Gallery of Arvind Gupta's Fun Science Toys hosted at ArvindGuptaToys.com - Page by Samir Dhurde

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Dolores Gende's curator insight, July 12, 2013 7:48 AM

Lots and lots of toy ideas with easy directions to build them Most made from readily available materials (including trash!)

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Weekend Project: Styrofoam Plate Speaker

Make a decent sounding speaker from a disposable styrofoam plate. EZ and cheap project with surprising results!

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Day 3: Whirly-gig Lab

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College-Prep Physics: Whirly-gig Experimental Design Lab "What do you notice about the whirly-gig? What do you wonder? Pick a wonder question and design an experiment around it. Describe your exper...

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WATCH: Awesome Teacher Has Amazing Way Of Explaining Gravity

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General relativity, the geometric theory of gravity developed by Albert Einstein in the early 1900's, is today considered one of the twin pillars of modern physics. Along with quantum mechanics, it is fundamental to our understanding of the universe.

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Introducing Newton's Laws with Learning Cycles / Labs, Activities, and Other CoolStuff

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This exploratory’s emphasis is on the introduction of Newton's 1st, 2nd and 3rd laws. At each station students are asked to perform one or more activities and answer questions based on their observations. These stations use a variety of...

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Science on the Simpsons

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Short clips to use in Physics, Chemistry and Biology courses.

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How to write effective questions for evaluating deep learning

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"Are my students really learning anything?" When I ask teachers from all corners of the world about what worries them most about their teaching, this is by far the most popular response...they wond...

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Edison’s Cradle? A Kinetic Toy Reinvented with Light | Colossal

Edison’s Cradle? A Kinetic Toy Reinvented with Light | Colossal | physics | Scoop.it

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Dolores Gende's curator insight, February 8, 2013 6:12 AM

Class project anyone?

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Goal-less problems

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I talked about my use of goal-less problems on my physics semester exam. The essential idea is that the question is actually just a description of a situation. The student's job is to model the sit...

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Going Beyond the Physics Textbook

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I have the honor of being invited by Discovery Education to attend their second "Beyond the Textbook" forum to be held this Wednesday and Thursday at their headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. ...

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Introducing Newton's Laws with Learning Cycles / Labs, Activities, and Other CoolStuff

Introducing Newton's Laws with Learning Cycles / Labs, Activities, and Other CoolStuff | physics | Scoop.it
This exploratory’s emphasis is on the introduction of Newton's 1st, 2nd and 3rd laws. At each station students are asked to perform one or more activities and answer questions based on their observations. These stations use a variety of...

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Interactive Examples

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Dolores Gende's curator insight, June 16, 2013 6:57 AM

Interactive Examples (IE's) are quantitative homework problems whose "help" comes in the form of more questions. Eventually, enough information is given in the helps to work the problems, but we hope that as students work their way through these examples, they acquire some better understanding of how to approach these kinds of problems. In particular, we hope that these examples help students learn to develop problem-solving strategies that are based on conceptual understanding rather than equation manipulation. In fact, once the student correctly answers the initial problem, we present a recap of the solution in terms of sequential conceptual, strategic and quantitative analyses. Following the recap, we ask the student some conceptual follow-up questions to test understanding.

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Physics In Flux » Unrolling Toilet Paper

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In his Dec. 17 Action-Reaction blog post titled "Falling Rolls," one of my heroes of physics instruction, Frank Noschese, details an exercise from Robert Ehrlich's book Why Toast Lands Jelly-Side Down.

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The Physics of the Bullet Hitting a Merry Go Round - Wired Science

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Vectors

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Hockey is a game of chaos, but vectors are behind the scenes making sense of that chaos through mathematics

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Introduction to Measurement (advanced high school/intro college level)

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30-page illustrated guide to fundamentals of measurement. This is intended to be a clear, comprehensive overview of effective measurement technique. Intended for advanced high school or introductory college level ...

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Constant Force and Constant Motion - Wired Science

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prettygoodphysics - Rotational Motion, Torque, Angular Momentum

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Dolores Gende's curator insight, December 24, 2013 7:25 AM

Labs, activities and lesson ideas