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View Resource An Explanatory Model of Physics Faculty Conceptions about the Problem-Solving Process

One commonly stated instructor goal for an introductory calculus-based physics course is to improve students? problem solving skills. There is, however, a growing body of research evidence to suggest that this goal is not frequently accomplished in a typical college or university physics course. In response to this evidence, researchers and curriculum developers have developed a wide variety o...

View Resource Problem Solving and the Use of Math in Physics Courses

This lecture presented at the "World View in Physics Education 2005" conference identifies differences between what physics instructors expect to be gained from usage of physics equations in the classroom and students' perceptions of the meaning of the formalisms. The author addresses how physics students and mathematics students might arrive at different conceptual interpretations based on...

View Resource One Step at a Time

This algebra lesson from Illuminations allows students to define and practice metacognition. Sample word problems and equations are included to practice the model. Polya's four steps of problem solving are integrated into the lesson; students will apply metacognition and Polya's steps to several different problems. This material is appropriate for grades 9-12 and should require 1 class period to...

View Resource The Case of the Patent Pending

This role playing activity, presented by the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, covers both methods of scientific inquiry and problem solving. In this activity, students will "use the skills of scientific inquiry to uncover the most likely perpetrator of a crime, and employ a paper diagnostics tool as a  forensics device for chemically determining whodunit." This activity will t...

View Resource Paper Diagnostics

This lesson, presented by the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, focuses on diagnostic methods of investigation looking at the issue of HIV/AIDS. In this activity, students will explore "the societal impacts of engineering and science, specifically as it relates to the AIDS epidemic in developing countries. A series of videos and accompanying questions help students explore how e...

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