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Tutorials in Physics Sense-Making

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These tutorials focus not just on concept building but also on development of student epistemology -- their physical intuition, the understanding of scientific reasoning, and relating physics to their everyday experience.  They are appropriate for most introductory physics classes, but especially for those with a qualitative and conceptual emphasis. The tutorials are open-source (MS-Word "doc" files) so they can be modified to fit a class's particular notation and needs.


This complete set of materials, interlinked and also accompanied by video clips of students using the materials and by "video workshops" intended to help teaching assistants learn about teaching in a tutorial environment, is available at https://www.physport.org/curricula/MD_OST


Here are some guidelines that we have developed to help Tutorial Facilitators.


Part 1:  



1 --  Catching mistakes: The case of motion graphs


2 --  The meaning of speed


2 -- Interpreting graphs and equations 


3 -- Competing arguments: Backwards acceleration




1 -- Reconciling common sense and Newton's laws


2 -- Counterintuitive ideas: Newton's third law


3 -- What's the purpose of Free-Body Diagrams?


Momentum and Energy


1 -- Relating equations to common sense: "Oomph"


2 -- Work and energy




1 -- Spreading forces over surfaces


Part 2:



1 -- Working from a model: Static electricity


2 -- Abstract concepts: Fields


3 -- Electrostatic potential


Currents and Circuits


1 -- Electric Circuits: I


2 -- Electric Circuits: II


Oscillations and Waves


1-- Harmonic oscillation


2 -- Finding mechanism: Pulses


Geometrical Optics


1 -- A model for light


2 -- Mirrors: How to tell where things are by looking


3 -- Lenses: Can an image float in empty space?


Physical Optics


1 -- Two-source interference


2 -- Wave properties of light



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