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Going Beyond End of Chapter Problems in LON-CAPA
  Location: HC 3029
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 6:40 PM -6:50 PM
  Author: Boris Korsunsky, Weston High School
781-786-5800, korsunskyb@mail.weston.org
  Co-Author(s): Raluca E. Teodorescu , Carolin N Cardamone , Saif Rayyan , David Pritchard
  Abstract: We describe the open-source library of physics problems we are collecting in LON-CAPA (http://loncapa.mit.edu). Currently, the library features both traditional and research-based problems intended to expose students to various contexts, problem features, knowledge and cognitive processes. We are adding conceptual questions and challenge problems that require out-of-the-box thinking. The conceptual questions were developed at Ohio State University and MIT. The challenge problems are inspired by various tasks published in The Physics Teacher. 1-3] We are planning to evaluate the difficulty and pedagogical effectiveness of those problems using Item Response Theory (IRT). This permits determination of a student's skill independent of which problems they do. We welcome collaborators willing to add their problems to our library.
  Footnotes: [1] Korsunsky, B. (2004) Ready, SET, Go! A research-based approach to problem solving. The Physics Teacher, 42, 493-497. [2] Korsunsky, B. (2001-present) Physics Challenges for Teachers and Students (a monthly column). The Physics Teacher. The library of past Challenges is online at http://tpt.aapt.org/features/physics_challenge_solutions. [3] Korsunsky, B. (1995). Braintwisters for physics students. The Physics Teacher, 33, 550-553.
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