|Jose R. Lopez
Department of Physics Univ. of Puerto Rico at Mayg|ez
For the past 4 years I have been teaching a Physics for Engineers and Scientists course in an integrated laboratory and lecture format. In this format the laboratory work or activities are done first before the topic has been discussed in the lecture. The concepts, models and principles are derived from the result of the laboratory activities through an interactive discussion guided by carefully designed questions. Relative inexpensive data collection equipment consisting mostly of various sensors connected to computers and graphing calculators through CBL interfaces are used throughout the course mainly for the laboratory activities and for interactive demonstrations. The course has been fairly successful as far as student performance is concerned as indicated by its assessment. I also have been training high school science and math teachers, through workshops, in the use of the technology of sensors and graphing calculators.
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