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Department of Physics and Astronomy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
136 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8019 USA
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Math Physics (2015).
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General Relativity (617) Lecture Notes.
For Students of 618 Group Theory (2015).
In the early '90's my focus has turned to physics education, in particular to the uses of technology in large introductory physics courses. In 1993 I got funding for, designed, and built a home-made student response system (SRS) which placed a keypad and feedback lights at each seat of the 330 seat Physics Lecture Hall. In 1994 I initiated a course introducing computing into the Physics Major programming. In 1979 I incorporated a multiple-choice grading program into a record keeping environment for departmental courses, and I have created a latex environment for multiple choice and numerical answer exams. I have written a paper on adjusting recitation grades to compensate for differing standards among the instructors.
Since 1997 I have been working on intelligent tutoring systems (ITS's) for introductory physics courses. During my sabbatical year (2000-2001) at the University of Pittsburgh, I worked on Andes, an intelligent tutoring system for physics now used at the US Naval Academy. I gave a talk on Andes at my Department's instructional seminar, which can be viewed HERE . I have also founded, with two computer scientists, the Watchung Tutor Group, whose home page has links to all our publications on ITS. A talk I gave on my role on the Andes project at the Jan, 2002 AAPT meeting is here ,
Although it does not seem to be a popular opinion, I believe that eventually computer-based tutorials for problem solving in elementary physics courses will become a crucial pedagogical tool, especially in large institutions. I gave colloqua in early 2008 entitled "Can technology really improve teaching introductory physics?" in which I discuss both what is currently available and what I think would be needed to develop more adequate systems.
Here is a talk on relativity and gauge theories that I am to give on April 11, 2006, to the undergraduate Society of Physics Students.
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