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Abstract Title: Increasing student independence and insight in the intermediate physics laboratory
Abstract: Imagine you are investigating new physics with tools which you have never used previously and you have to reproduce results achieved by many others.  How would you proceed to acquire the data?  What would you learn in the process if you were given fairly detailed directions?  This is the dilemma faced by many students in the modern physics laboratory.  Students only have their introductory laboratory experience to guide them through more difficult investigations involving much more complex physics.  Rather than having students perform a series of unrelated classic modern physics investigations we developed an approach to the modern physics laboratory course that involves conceptually focused investigations to help the students through these difficulties and improve their understanding of physics, experimentation and independence.  The conceptually focused investigations typically start with an "introductory physics like" analog of the "modern physics" phenomenon they are to investigate.  The subsequent investigations build upon these concepts.
[Supported by NSF DUE #0127078]
Abstract Type: Poster
Contributed Poster: Download the Contributed Poster
Session: Session II - Syllabi Poster Session

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Mark Masters
Department of Physics, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 Coliseum Blvd E
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Phone: 260-481-6153
and Co-Presenter(s)
Timothy T. Grove