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  Session: The Role and Implementation of Upper-level E&M
  Paper Type: Invited
  Title: Teaching Upper-Division Electromagnetism in the Paradigms in Physics Program
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 1:00PM
  Author: Corinne Manogue, Oregon State University
541-737-1695, corinne@physics.oregonstate.edu
  Co-Author(s): Justyna Zwolak, Emily Smith, Michael Goldtrap
  Abstract: To improve conceptual learning, the Paradigms in Physics program has reordered material from the subdisciplines and incorporated modern pedagogical strategies. In the electromagnetism part of our curriculum, we have: (1) reordered the content, e.g. to present potentials before electric fields; (2) exploited the geometric definitions of concepts like divergence and curl; (3) emphasized multiple representations, including kinesthetic representations of three dimensional geometry; (4) used the notion of accumulation (chopping and adding) for integral versions of fundamental laws; and (5) employed a wide variety of active-engagement pedagogical strategies. We will discuss some of these changes and present student results from new assessment protocols such as the CUE and ACER.
  Footnotes: This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. DUE 9653250, 0231194, 0618877, 1023120, 1323800.
  Presentation: Manogue-EMInvitedAAPTSummer14.pdf

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