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A companion guide to using the Physics Suite, Teaching Physics is a book about learning to be a more effective physics teacher. It is meant for anyone who is interested in learning about recent developments in physics education. It is not a review of specific topics in physics with hints for how to teach them and lists of common student difficulties. Rather, it is a handbook with a variety of tools for improving both teaching and learning of physics from new kinds of homework and exam problems, to surveys for figuring out what has happened in your class, to tools for taking and analyzing data using computers and video.
Teaching Physics includes:
In addition, the book comes with a Resource CD containing 14 conceptual and 3 attitude surveys, more than 250 thinking problems covering all areas of introductory physics, resource materials from commercial vendors on use of computerized data acquisition and video, and a variety of other useful reference materials.
Chapter 1. Introduction and Motivation.
Chapter 2. Cognitive Principles and Guidelines for Instruction.
Chapter 3. There's More than Content to a Physics Course: The Hidden Curriculum.
Chapter 4. Extending our Assessments: Homework and Testing.
Chapter 5. Evaluating our Instruction: Surveys.
Chapter 6. Instructional Implications: Some effective teaching methods.
Chapter 7. Lecture-Based Methods.
Chapter 8. Recitation and Laboratory-Based Methods.
Chapter 9. Workshop and Studio Methods.
Chapter 10. Using the Physics Suite.
Appendix (on Resource CD).