Workshops and presentations

Contact information for co-PIs

Bradley S. Ambrose

Department of Physics

118 Padnos Hall

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, MI 49401

Tel.:  616-331-2524

FAX:  616-331-3740


Michael C. Wittmann

Department of Physics and Astronomy

5709 Bennett Hall

University of Maine

Orono, ME  04401-5709

Tel.:  207-581-1237

FAX:  207-581-3410


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Sponsored in part by NSF grants DUE-0441426 and DUE-0442388

We have disseminated our work through workshops and presentations at national conferences as well as in PER publications.  Several examples are provided here.

  1. 2011 Physics Education Research Conference.  Targeted poster presentation on methods to assess student learning in intermediate mechanics.

  2. 2011 Colloquium, Rochester Institute of Technology.  Department colloquium focusing on student learning of 2D vector kinematics, conservative forces, and SHM in 2D. 

  3. 2010 March APS Meeting.  Invited talk highlighting research on student learning of conservative forces and orbital mechanics.

  4. 2010 Joint APS-AAPT Winter Meeting.  Invited talk focusing on student learning of conservative forces and orbital mechanics.

  5. 2009 Colloquium, DePaul University.  Department colloquium focusing on student learning of conservative forces as well as 1D and 2D simple harmonic motion.

  6. 2009 Joint AAPT-AAAS Winter Meeting. Invited talk (co-presented with M.C. Wittmann) on research into how students connect the mathematics to the physics in intermediate mechanics.

  7. 2007 Winter AAPT Meeting.  Invited talk (co-presented with M.C. Wittmann) highlighting IMT materials on damped oscillations and conservative forces.

Workshops, invited talks/colloquia, posters: 

  1. B.S. Ambrose, “Investigating student understanding in intermediate mechanics:  Identifying the need for a tutorial approach to instruction,” Am. J. Phys. 72, 453 – 459 (2004).

  2. B.S. Ambrose, “Probing student reasoning and intuitions in intermediate mechanics:  An example with linear oscillations,” Physics Education Research Conference-2006, ed. L. McCullough, L. Hsu, and P. Heron, AIP Conference Proceedings 883, American Institute of Physics, Melville, NY, 2007, pp. 30-33.

  3. B.S. Ambrose, “Learning about student learning in intermediate mechanics:  Using research to improve instruction,” Physics Education Research Conference-2009, ed. C. Henderson, M. Sabella, and C. Singh, AIP Conference Proceedings 1179, American Institute of Physics, Melville, NY, 2009, pp. 3 – 6.

Selected publications: 


Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials are modeled after: 

  1. Tutorials in Introductory Physics, L.C. McDermott P.S. Shaffer, and the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington (Prentice Hall, 2002)

  1. Activity-Based Tutorials, M.C. Wittmann, R.N. Steinberg, E.F. Redish, and the University of Maryland Physics Education Research Group (Wiley, 2004 and 2005)