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Minds on Physics: Conservation Laws and Concept - Based Problem Solving, Activities Reader Paperback – January 1, 1999


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Kendall Hunt Pub Co (January 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787239313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787239312
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At first glance this book looks like a workbook, but in reality it puts the reading in a separate section in the back. Students should first explore the ideas, and then read about them. It has been designed using good research into physics education, and has been field tested. An independent evaluator has found that students who learn physics using this series of texts exhibit "expert like" ability to solve problems.

Most educators, politicians, and the general public are not aware that there is a branch of physics called Physics Education Research (PER). This research done by physicists has been able to push up student understanding and problem solving ability. This text series is based on the that research, unlike most texts. The standard texts often include research based ideas as decorations, when they even bother to include them. If this text is combined with a research based teaching method such as Modeling (modeling.asu.edu), research shows that students get high gain in understanding. Most HS classes only achieve 10% normalized gain, but with research based teaching gain ranges from 30% to 70% or higher.

The main problem with the text is that students who are used to conventional teaching, think they don't have a textbook. HS students want to be told everything, and are not used to the idea that the only way to learn something well is to do their own thinking. This book promotes thinking so students on surveys will respond "We had to learn things by ourselves". This response shows they got the idea. The other problem is that teachers must change their way of teaching in the direction that is currently recommended. But once they do this, the increased student learning is very gratifying.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2001
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I used this book for my physics class, and I thought it contained good problems for practice. It was very understandable, but i would not use it as a study guide. It definately lacks the explanation a first time physics student would need, especially since physics IS very confusing. use this book with other, more explanatory books.
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