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July 30-August 3, 2011
Omaha, Nebraska

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Can Math Oriented Physics Classes Really Increase Your Number of Students?
  Location: SS Ballroom F
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 2:25 PM -2:35 PM
  Author: Donald Franklin, Retired
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: With 27 years of high school physics experience in five states, which includes eight years of private school, I have a lot of information with which to build my model. Using math as the major emphasis can only work if there is constant review. This can be done by using a textbook or online homework. Here is where they differ: Online homework does away with copying down someone's answers as they are not yours. The teacher becomes a conceptual teacher so that students can solve their problems. Getting the students to follow the problem solving format is the hardest part. Constant review: Giving the same problems to the entire class and then testing them on the new material and review material every week to two weeks allows for students to make up for their mistakes, which they feel they can show that they have learned the material rather than cramming material for the test.
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