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  Session: Developing Experimental Skills in the Introductory Lab
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Weaving Experimental Skills Throughout the Introductory Laboratory
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 8:30AM
  Author: John W. Zwart, Dordt College
712-722-6288, john.zwart@dordt.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The laboratory portion of an introductory course sequence can be used to meet a wide variety of goals ranging from illustrating phenomena studied in class, to building intuition about how the physical world works, to confronting the unexpected. Helping students develop experimental skills is a crucial goal that needs to be addressed in lab, especially in light of the fact that most introductory textbooks do not specifically address this topic. Important skills that students should learn in lab include how to analyze data, how to communicate results and the art of designing an experiment. This presentation will discuss how we weave an experimental skills thread through our introductory lab sequence in order to help students develop these key skills. See http://homepages.dordt.edu/zwart/ for implementation details.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Zwart-AAPT-Summer14fin-DE02.pdf

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