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Upcoming High School Physics Teachers Meeting, March 12

For 30 years, the University of Maine has been hosting an annual meeting that brings together physics and physical science teachers from throughout the state of Maine. We’ve always enjoyed hearing from teachers about what they’re interested in, and we’re always happy to facilitate teachers meeting each other and hanging out and talking shop.

If you’re interested in attending, check out the schedule of events that’s posted online. Hope to see you there!

Manogue and Dray visiting PERL

The UMaine PERL is pleased to be hosting Corinne Manogue and Tevian Dray, from Oregon State University.  They are the architects of two major curricular reform/overhaul projects:  Paradigms in Physics and the Vector Calculus Bridge project.

Their interests are in exploring the way mathematics is taught and used in physics and physical sciences.  We are looking forward to several conversations about teaching math in physics and in math, and comparing our research results with their curricular efforts and observations, and exchanging ideas about pedagogy in upper-division physics.

They will be at UMaine from January 20 to February 4 (weather permitting).  They have given a PERL group meeting, are leading a PERL group journal discussion, and are scheduled to give a seminar Monday January 25 as part of our Center for Science and Mathematics Education Research.  Other seminars may be scheduled as time and availability permits.

Four new papers posted

This summer, we had a strong presence at the national AAPT and PERC meetings held in Ann Arbor, MI. We contributed four papers to the PERC Proceedings, which are now available online. For more information, check out our blog of publications:

The papers are on: different ways of teaching Newton’s second law (Mindi Anderson, Michael Wittmann, Trevor Smith); resource creation when solving differential equations in mechanics (Katrina Black, Michael Wittmann); vector addition (Jeff Hawkins, John Thompson, Michael Wittmann); and curriculum development on heat engines and the Carnot cycle (Trevor Smith, Warren Christensen, John Thompson).


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