2003 UNC Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference
March 2729, Greensboro, NC

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Using Laboratory Probeware in Introductory Physics

Bennett, Chuck         (828) 251-6047
      UNC Asheville
First co-presenter: Beck, Judy    
Organization: UNC Asheville

Abstract (up to 200 words):
Laboratory probeware is a term used to describe sensor-based laboratory hardware that may be used along with data acquisition software for real-time data collection and analysis. Such an approach releases the student from the drudgery of manual data collection, and facilitates understanding by presenting graphical and statistical data analysis in real time. Experiments can be run and re-run quickly to allow parameter space surveys and to better enable conceptual understanding. Motion graphs are generated in real-time, so students can correlate plot features with specific motion details. A set of custom laboratories for first-semester calculus-based and algebra-based introductory physics have been designed that illustrate key course concepts, with specific emphasis on common misconceptions. Laboratory materials are distributed via the Web, and seamlessly integrate data collection, data analysis and pedagogy. A paperless lab manual strategy allows us to devote as much space as needed within the laboratory materials for effective pedagogy and concept reinforcement.

Session type:
Poster session (all day, 45 minutes interactive)

Time slots:
P2 - Fr 2:45 - 3:30


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