Physics Education Research

Overview

Physics education research involves studying the teaching and learning of physics. The underlying goal is to improve the students' conceptual understanding of physics topics. The group's main projects include assessment of student learning in introductory physics classes, developing and implementing innovative activity-based physics curricula. The group's research efforts are currently focused on developing, adapting, and evaluating activity-based instruction in large introductory courses. Physics Education Research Group also provides teachers and students training in a variety of areas in physics topics.

Research activities

  • Evaluation of Interactive Lecture Demonstrations
  • Development of Students Diagnostic Tests
  • Innovative tools for understanding Quantum Mechanics
  • Improving students’ conceptual knowledge using active learning (current topics:
    Electricity & Magnetism and Thermodynamics)

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