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The Role of Problem Solving in Introductory Physics – Why, What, and How?

January 16, 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Manoa Campus, Watanabe Hall, 112

Department of Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: Prof. Ken Heller, University of Minnesota, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy to speak on "The Role of Problem Solving in Introductory Physics – Why, What, and How?"

Preparing students to solve problems has long been recognized as one of the primary purposes of a university education. In addition, problem solving is often used as an important motivation and an assessment tool. Within the university, the introductory physics course is broadly believed to help achieve this purpose. This talk will describe the national focus on problem solving as an educational goal and frame the discussion of what teaching elements are essential to support student problem solving. At Minnesota, the Physics Department has focused on implementable, sustainable methods of improving student problem solving for over twenty years, especially in large introductory physics classes. Many of these techniques such as Cooperative Grouping and using Context-rich problems are in routine practice at Minnesota and have spread to other institutions and disciplines. This talk will try to frame a practical discussion about effectively using existing course structure and identifying missing elements in that structure to encourage students to develop strong problem solving behaviors while enhancing their conceptual learning.


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Physics and Astronomy, Manoa Campus

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Dr. Frederick Harris, 808-956-2940, fah@phys.hawaii.edu

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Thursday, January 16
10:00am MIX Fair
Manoa Campus, Campus Center Tables E1-E4
3:00pm Oceanography Seminar
Manoa Campus, MSB 100
3:15pm The Role of Problem Solving in Introductory Physics – Why, What, and How?
Manoa Campus, Watanabe Hall, 112
4:00pm John Sayles Film Series
Manoa Campus, Art Auditorium
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