Physics Union Mathematics

developed by: Eugenia Etkina, Suzanne Brahmia, Chis D'Amato, James Finley, Jim Flakker, Danielle Bugge, Richard Therkorn

Level
 
middle schoolhigh schoolintro collegeinter-mediateupper levelgrad school   other


 Intro College Calculus-based
calc based
 Intro College Algebra-based
alg based
 Intro College Conceptual
conceptual

Topics
Mechanics  Electricity / Magnetism
Setting
Lecture - Small (<30 students)  Recitation/Discussion Session  Lab  Homework


What? A physics/physical science curriculum that builds on intrinsic mathematical reasoning to develop and strengthen mathematical concepts. Supports students to build conceptual understanding of physics concepts, develop relevant mathematical reasoning, and learn to think like scientists.

Student skills developed

Designed for:
  • Conceptual understanding
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Lab skills
  • Using multiple representations
  • Designing experiments
  • Metacognition
Can be adapted for:
  • Making real-world connections

Instructor effort required

  • High

Resources required

  • Projector
  • Computers for students
  • Advanced lab equipment
  • Tables for group work

Developer's website: PUM
Intro Article: T. Bartiromo, Searching for Evidence of Student Understanding, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010.
RESEARCH VALIDATION
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

References