Session D7: Physics Demonstrations and Strategies for Teaching and Public Outreach

1:30 PM–3:18 PM, Saturday, April 12, 2008
Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront (formerly Adam's Mark Hotel), Room: Rose Garden

Sponsoring Unit: FEd
Chair: John Wiegers, Washington University in St. Louis

Abstract ID: BAPS.2008.APR.D7.3

Abstract: D7.00003 : Active Learning in a Large General Physics Classroom.

2:42 PM–3:18 PM

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Author:

  Rebecca Trousil
    (Washington University in Saint Louis)

In 2004, we launched a new calculus-based, introductory physics sequence at Washington University. Designed as an alternative to our traditional lecture-based sequence, the primary objectives for this new course were to actively engage students in the learning process, to significantly strengthen students' conceptual reasoning skills, to help students develop higher level quantitative problem solving skills necessary for analyzing ``real world'' problems, and to integrate modern physics into the curriculum. This talk will describe our approach, using The Six Ideas That Shaped Physics text by Thomas Moore, to creating an active learning environment in large classes as well as share our perspective on key elements for success and challenges that we face in the large class environment.

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