Welcome to SCALE-UP A Research Project of Dr. Jeffrey Saul

Welcome to SCALE-UP A Research Project of Dr. Jeffrey Saul

Welcome to Studio Physics 2054 WRITE THIS HERE STUFF DOWN { Dr. Jeff Bindell [email protected]

Class Website: www.physics.ucf.edu/~bindell TEXTBOOK College Physics (8th Edition) by Cutnell & Johnson, John Wiley & Sons, (2009)- (Vol. II) NOTE: LEARNING Theres Got to be a Better Way! Dr. Bindells Last Lecture Class

We Believe This Is It! What is Studio? A combined Class-Room/Laboratory approach to teaching physics. 4 Credits. (2 hour sessions 3 days/week) Electricity, Magnetism and Optics form the bulk of this course. Virtually no long formal lectures Peer Instruction This approach is now finding increased use at

many schools across the country. MIT uses it exclusively Whats Different about Studio Physics??? More Informality to Instruction T-shaped Tables Group Approach to Learning / Learning Together

Class Discussions Low Student/Faculty Ratio Students have the responsibility both for learning and for teaching. Learning Physics Memorize

Understanding X Remember the formulas Remember the definitions Remember the solutions to ALL problems that you have ever seen solved in any Physics class in the universe.

Cognitive understanding of physics Remember some formulas but you can usually derive them. Solve problems through understanding of the underlying physics principles. The Lecture Mode of Learning The Studio Mode of Learning Group Dont forget the evil

textbook! More: The Studio Mode of Learning Open and read that big expensive ugly thing that you bought: the textbook. Use the book to complete your classroom experience General Study

Homework Problem: T shaped table environment T Table Rules 3 students on each side of the T Each table has 2 groups of students In some experiments, all 6 students will work as a combined team (some equipment and space limitations) SILENCE is forbidden (except when I am

talking!) Discussions are required! Stay on task no web surfing unless it is needed for the classwork. Some Advantages of Combined Lecture - Laboratory Format Lecture and Labs are Synchronized Labs are exploratory rather than governed by step by step instructions Some Labs will be problem solving exercises. You may have to search (internet, textbook) for information to assist with activity

Again, Talking is encouraged rather than forbidden! Learning Modes In Studio Listening

Seeing Studying textbook Discussing Demonstrations

Reading Mini Lecture Student Presentations/Arguments Peer Instruction Touching & Experiencing.

Exploratory Laboratory Experiments Groups You may form initial groups of three to begin the program. You would be better off teaming with people you do NOT know well. Group assignments will be changed after each examination to maintain proper balance. Please wear nametags so we can all get to know each other.

STUDIO APPROACH Peer Instruction You will solve problems and do experiments with your group. Some problems will seem very strange and difficult. You will learn the value of a team approach to learning. You will argue with each other and with other

groups in your quest for understanding. You may present your findings or solutions to the rest of the class (always optional). Your classes should be more fun than the older approach. You may not be happy about Limited Lecture you have to learn some of the material yourself or with your group.

Your brain goes numb after 10 minutes of lecture anyway. You can fall asleep during a lecture after 15 minutes. You will not fall asleep in this class format. Internet Oriented

Information on what is happening is obtained from the class page: www.physics.ucf.edu/~bindell Information needed to solve problems or complete activities may be obtained from the web. You are RESPONSIBLE for information presented to you on the class page whether we tell you about it or not! Some insight into this approach: You

are an archeology student. You are led to the opening of a cave. You are to explore the cave. You have a little flashlight which illuminates small areas only. Now lets enter the cave. This is what you see. Then you trip over a rock.

OR With Read about caves in your textbook. Go into the cave.

In the same flashlight you are told: Watch out for rocks on the floor of the cave. Check out the WALLS of the cave. You can go in with other students, each with an additional flashlight. you go again .. See the difference??

You were given some guidance. You were NOT told what to expect, only given a suggestion as to where to look. You discovered cave drawings. You had done a bit of pre-reading and you therefore knew more about what you were looking at. You learned more than if you were just given pictures of cave drawings in a lecture! DOES IT WORK?

We can judge how well a student has learned and understood the semesters work by: Giving a pre-diagnostic test Giving a post-diagnostic test (at the end of the semester)

These tests do not count in your grade but we can tell via the test design if you are messing with us and we will kill you. We will try to do this within the first two weeks. We use these and other tools to decide if we are successful. Lets take a brief look

Peer Instruction - Compare FINAL EXAM RESULTS (Old Data) Conventional Peer Normalized Gain (An analogy) Weight

Watchers (loss is a gain!) You are given a goal of how many pounds you should lose to get to your ideal weight You weigh 235 and you need to get to 190. You get to 215 Attained: 20 lb loss Max: 45 lbs Normalized loss = 20/45=44% You can compare these normalized losses with the other people in your class. SCALE-UP Normalized Gain

Pretest is where you Start off. You want to attain 100% Some Procedures Lab Notebook

A loose leaf notebook will probably work best. Download labs and keep in notebook. 3-hole punch recommended Keep class problem solutions & homework problems Class observations and exercises Lecture and Class notes Notebook Grade

The notebook is divided into sections/experiments. Periodically, a particular section will be collected and graded. The grading will probably be unfair! The notebook average will be your class grade. (later) Class Sessions

Monday and Wednesday Regular sessions Fridays

Occasionally Friday will be like a Monday or Wednesday. Fridays will often concentrate on problem solving and Review Discussions Quizzes (15 minutes)/Exams (50 minutes) This can only work if you complete the labs on schedule. Operations

Homework Initial Password is ihatephysics Your old password may still work. Your ID is your PID without the leading letter. Clicker

system is WebAssign System i-clicker be sure that the ID is not obliterated. Types of WebAssignments Normal Homework ~ 6-10 problems per week Reading Assignments prior to class with a few

simple questions to make sure you are prepared for class. You are encouraged to collaborate on homework assignments with your group members. Separate submissions are required. Quiz Schedule There will be a quiz almost EVERY Friday. Most will be based upon a structured problem solving protocol group or individual- (you will

find out about this later or check the web site for information) Exams will also be usually given on a Wednesday. Be careful about making travel arrangements until you know when the exams will be. Your Grade Item %

Mid Semester Examinations (4) 20 Final Examination 20 Homework 15 In Class Quizzes

15 Class Participation (Clicks) 15 Laboratory Work 15 Grading Schema SCORE

GRADE 85-100 A 75-84 B 60-74

C 50-59 D Less than 50 F Grades Last Semester Course Structure


Learning is really YOUR RESPONSIBILITY in Studio Physics. You may be frustrated occasionally because the instructional staff does not give you all of the answers or validate your individual or group conclusions.

This is so that you will really THINK these things out. Thinking is a good thing! REMEMBER: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CHECKING THE CLASS WEBSITE AND WebAssign often. ASSIGNMENT FOR WEDNESDAY:

Register for WA Procure an i-clicker and register it (see syllabus on class website.) Read the first few sections about charge in the textbook. There will be an initial WA assignment posted but dont do it quite yet. It is due Sunday evening and it is fairly easy! Dr. Bindell, May I be excused? My brain is full.

This presentation will be found on the class page. Take a 5 minute break and then we will do our first problem!!

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