Example course syllabi

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

Email:  ambroseb@gvsu.edu

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

Email:  wittmann@umit.maine.edu

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Below we offer several examples of course syllabi that illustrate different ways of incorporating Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials while meeting student and instructor needs. 

Starting with air resistance and oscillations 

These syllabi largely follow the chapter headings of Fowles and Cassiday.

Starting with forces and vector fields 

When students are taking differential equations as a co-requisite, it may be easier to start with material built on vector calculus (along the lines of Calc III).  These syllabi follow such a course, requiring a slight reordering of the chapters from Fowles and Cassiday.


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)