Activity-Based Physics Bibliography


Patrick Cooney

Spreadsheet Physics, C. W. Misner and P. J. Cooney, Addison-Wesley, 1991.

Priscilla Laws

Understanding Physics (Second Edition), K. Cummings, P. Laws, E.F. Redish, P. Cooney (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004)

"A Unit on Oscillations, Determinism, and Chaos for Introductory Physics Students," Am. J. Phys. 72 (4), April 2004, pp. 446-452.

Workshop Physics Activity Guide (Second Edition), Modules 1-4 w/ Appendices (John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2004). 855 pp.
Module I: Mechanics
Module II: Mechanics II
Module III: Heat, Temperature, and Nuclear Radiation
Module IV: Electricity & Magnetism

RealTime Physics Active Learning Laboratory Modules (2nd Edition), coauthored with David Sokoloff and Ronald Thornton (John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2004)
Module I: Mechanics
Module II: Heat & Thermodynamics
Module III: Circuits
Module IV: Light & Optics

Explorations in Physics: An Activity-Based Approach to Understanding the World, D. Jackson, P. Laws, S. Franklin (RPI), (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003)

"Exploring the greenhouse effect through physics-oriented activities," K. Browne and P. Laws, Physics Education 38(2), March 2003

"Reforming Science and Mathematics Teaching," P. Laws and N.Baxter-Hastings, Change 34(5), Sept/Oct 2002

"Women's Responses to an Activity-Based Introductory Physics Program," The Journal of Education and Physics Research, Am. J. Phys Supplement. 65, July 1999

"New approaches to science and mathematics teaching at liberal arts colleges," Daedalus, 128(1),Winter 1999

"Using Digital Video Analysis in Introductory Mechanics Projects," P. Laws, and "Star Wars and Gravitational Constants," R. Doherty, J. Rembert, N. Boice, P. Laws, The Physics Teacher, Vol. 36, May 1998

"A New Order for Mechanics," J. Wilson, Ed. Proceedings of the Conference on Introductory Physics Course, (Wiley, 1997) pp. 125-136

"Millikan Lecture 1996: Promoting Active Learning Based on Physics Education Research in Introductory Physics Courses," Am. J. Phys. 65 (1), January 1997.

"Workshop Physical Science: Project-Based Science Education for Future Teachers, Parents, and Citizens," Proceedings of the International Conference on Undergraduate Physics Education; University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1997.

"The Captive Audience," in Classroom Research, (Jossey-Bass, 1996), pp. 93-97.

"What Works: Hands-On Laboratories, The Dickinson College Story," Project Kaleidoscope - Structures for Science, Volume Three, November 1995.

"Kinesthesia-1: A One-Dimensional Kinesthetic Apparatus to Teach Mechanics," The Physics Teacher, Vol. 33, April 1995

"Workshop Physics: Women's Responses to an Activity-Based Introductory Physics Program," Contributed article for Access and Empowerment: Quantitative Gatekeeper Courses, Jossey-Bass, April 1994.

"The Role of Physics Faculty in the Undergraduate Education of Science and Mathematics Teachers," Proceedings of the National Science Foundation Workshop, August 1993.

"Workshop Physics: Reflections on Six Years of Laboratory Based Introductory Physics Teachings," Proceedings of the American Association of Physics Teachers Conference: Lab Focus - '93, August 1993.

"A New Order for Mechanics," Proceedings of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Conference on Introductory Physics Course , May 1993.

"New Approaches to Undergraduate Teaching: Introductory Courses," AAPT/APS Topical Conference Series, April 30-May 2, 1993.

"Calculus-Based Physics Without Lectures," Physics Today, Vol. 44, No. 12, December 1991.

"Workshop Physics: Learning Introductory Physics by Doing It," Change Magazine, July/August 1991.

"Workshop Physics - Replacing Lectures with Real Experience," Proceedings of the Conference on Computers in Physics Instruction, Addison Wesley, Reading, MA, 1989.


E.F. Redish

Teaching Introductory Physics with the Physics Suite, (John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2003)

"On the Effectiveness of Active-Engagement Microcomputer-Based Laboratories", E. F. Redish, J. M. Saul, and R. N. Steinberg, Am. J. Phys. 65 (1997) 45-54.

"What Can a Physics Teacher Do with a Computer?," Conference on The Introductory Physics Course , Jack Wilson, Ed. (Wiley, NY, 1997) 47-60.

"New Models of Physics Instruction Based on Physics Education Research," Proceedings of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, Jena Meeting, March 1996.

"The Implication Of Cognitive Studies For Teaching Physics," Edward F. Redish, Am. J. Phys. 62, 796-803 (1994). (Excerpted for The Catalyst, educational newsletter for the NRC, Issue #7, Fall/Winter 1996).

"Is the Computer Appropriate for Teaching Physics?" Edward F. Redish, Computers in Physics 7 (December 1993).

"The Coming Revolution in Physics Instruction," Calculus for a New Century, edited by L.A. Steen (Mathematical Associate of America, 1988) pp. 106-112. Reprinted as "La revolution a venir dans l'enseignment de Physique," in Renouveler L'Enseignement, Gazette de Mathematiciens , Avril 1991, Suppl. no. 48 (Soc. Math. de France), pp. 73-80.


David Sokoloff

RealTime Physics Active Learning Laboratory Modules (2nd Edition), coauthored with Priscilla Laws and Ronald Thornton (John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2004)
Module I: Mechanics
Module II: Heat & Thermodynamics
Module III: Circuits
Module IV: Light & Optics

Interactive Lecture Demonstrations: Active Learning in Introductory Physics, coauthored with Ronald Thornton (John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2004)

"Teaching Electric Circuit Concepts Using Microcomputer-Based Current and Voltage Probes," chapter in Microcomputer-Based Labs: Educational Research and Standards, Robert F. Tinker, ed., Series F, Computer and Systems Sciences 156 129-146 (Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer Verlag, 1996).

"RealTime Physics: Active Learning in the Introductory Laboratory," Proceedings of Lab Focus '93, pp. 98-101, 1993.

"Engaging Students with Microcomputer-Based Laboratories and Interactive Lecture Demonstrations," Proceedings of the National Science Foundation Workshop on the Role of Faculty from the Scientific Disciplines in the Undergraduate Education of Future Science and Mathematics Teachers, pp. 38-48, (NSF, August 1993).

"Learning Motion Concepts Using Real-Time Microcomputer-Based Laboratory Tools," with Ronald Thornton, American Journal of Physics 58, 858 (1990).


Ronald Thornton

RealTime Physics Active Learning Laboratory Modules (2nd Edition), coauthored with David Sokoloff and Priscilla Laws (John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2004)
Module I: Mechanics
Module II: Heat & Thermodynamics
Module III: Circuits
Module IV: Light & Optics

Interactive Lecture Demonstrations: Active Learning in Introductory Physics, coauthored with David Sokoloff (John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2004)

"Using Interactive Lecture Demonstrations to Create an Active Learning Environment," with D. Sokoloff, The Physics Teacher 35, pp. 340-347, September 1997.

"Using Large-Scale Classroom Research to Study Student Conceptual Learning in Mechanics and to Develop New Approaches to Learning," Chapter in book of NATO ASI Series (Berlin-Heidelberg-New York, Springer Verlag) 1997.

"Conceptual Dynamics: Changing Student Views of Force and Motion," chapter in Thinking Physics for Teaching, C. Tarsitani, C. Bernardini, and M. Vincentini, eds., (London, Plenum Publishing, 1996).

Tools for Scientific Thinking--Heat and Temperature Curriculum and Teachers' Guide. (Portland, Vernier Software, 1993).

"Changing the Physics Teaching Laboratory: Using Technology and New Approaches to Learning to Create an Experiential Environment for Learning Physics Concepts," Proceedings of the Europhysics Study Conference, The Role of Experiment in Physics Education, Seta Oblak, Nada Razpet, ed. (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1993).

Tools for Scientific Thinking--Motion and Force Curriculum and Teachers' Guide. Second edition, (Portland, Vernier Software, 1992). (First edition, 1990.)

"Enhancing and Evaluating Student's Learning of Motion Concepts," Chapter in Physics and Learning Environments A. Tiberghien and H. Mandl, eds. (Berlin-Heidelberg-New York, Springer-Verlag, NATO ASI Series F: Computer & Systems Sciences 86, pp. 265-283. Series, 1992).

"Constructing Student Knowledge in Science," (with Robert Tinker), Chapter in New Directions in Educational Technology , E. Scanlon and T O'Shea, eds. (Berlin-Heidelberg-New York, Springer-Verlag, NATO ASI Series F: Advanced Educational Technology 96, pp. 153-171. Series, 1992).

"Using the Microcomputer-Based Laboratory to Improve Student Conceptual Understanding in Physics," (In English), Turkish Journal of Physics 15 (2), pp. 316-335 (1991), Turkey.

"Using the Microcomputer-Based Laboratory to Improve Student Conceptual Understanding in Physics," (In Italian),La Fisica nella Scuola (1990), Italy, Anno XXIII 2 , pp. 81-92.


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