Our Current Second Semester Introductory Physics Laboratories
American Association of Physics Teachers Winter meeting (2011)
The traditional second semester introductory physics laboratory explores a hodge-podge of topics from circuits to capacitors to optics to physical optics. We have modified our second semester laboratories such that they have a single concentration: circuits. These laboratories build a conceptual understanding of basic electricity and circuits through student investigation. The laboratories are arranged so that they build upon previous experiences requiring the students to retain what they have learned. The laboratories are so successful at teaching about circuits that we have been able to remove the topic from the lecture component of the class. The laboratories and measures of their success will be described.
Mark Masters (2011).
Our Current Second Semester Introductory Physics Laboratories. Presented at American Association of Physics Teachers Winter meeting (2011), Jacksonville FL.