Instructional Methods

    In order to learn by doing, students spend more than 50% of class time in laboratory investigation or activities. The inquiry-based and student-designed experiences in the physics laboratory encourage students, independently and in teams, to propose and answer their own questions. Students present their results for the benefit of all. A microcomputer-based laboratory that utilizes computer-interfaced sensors and graphing and modeling software enables students to investigate and understand the concepts utilizing sophisticated data collection and analysis techniques. The relationship between physics, other sciences, mathematics, and technology is emphasized through out the course.