Explorations in Physics

developed by: David P. Jackson, Priscilla W. Laws, and Scott V. Franklin

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Intro College Conceptual

Mechanics  Waves / Optics  Thermal / Statistical

What? A sequence of introductory, activity-based, laboratory courses that integrate the use of guided-inquiry techniques with self-directed projects in order to help students acquire a more fundamental understanding of the nature of science.

Student skills developed

Designed for:
  • Conceptual understanding
  • Lab skills
  • Making real-world connections
  • Designing experiments

Instructor effort required

  • Medium

Resources required

  • TAs / LAs
  • Computers for students
  • Advanced lab equipment
  • Tables for group work
  • Studio classroom

Developer's website: EiP

Explorations in Physics come in a book published by Wiley. You can order them from Amazon.

Bronze Validation
This is the third highest level of research validation, corresponding to:
  • at least 1 of the "based on" categories
  • at least 1 of the "demonstrated to improve" categories
  • at least 1 of the "studied using" categories
(Categories shown below)

Research Validation Summary

Based on Research Into:

  • theories of how students learn
  • student ideas about specific topics

Demonstrated to Improve:

  • conceptual understanding
  • problem-solving skills
  • lab skills
  • beliefs and attitudes
  • attendance
  • retention of students
  • success of underrepresented groups
  • performance in subsequent classes

Studied using:

  • cycle of research and redevelopment
  • student interviews
  • classroom observations
  • analysis of written work
  • research at multiple institutions
  • research by multiple groups
  • peer-reviewed publication