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2011 AAPT Summer Meeting
July 30-August 3, 2011
Omaha, Nebraska

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Cultivating Energy Conceptual Resources for Productive Reasoning
  Location: SS Ballroom DE
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 1:45 PM -2:15 PM
  Author: Eric Brewe, Florida International University
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The conceptual resources related to energy in the typical introductory physics curriculum are inadequate for robust analysis of energy. In this talk, I describe the implementation, in the context of a Modeling Instruction university physics course, of a curricular framework designed to promote the development and use of conceptual resources for analyzing physical phenomena. The curricular framework involves both a reorganization of the content of introductory physics as well as a renewed focus on energy. Reorganizing includes treating energy early and spiraling back to energy treatments. The refocusing includes emphasizing energy's role in modeling phenomena and attending to the tools for representing energy conservation, storage, and transfer. Qualitative evidence is presented showing student use of energy conceptual resources that are promoted in the curricular implementation.
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