Supported Site Virginia Tech: Assessment
PHYS 2305 Fundamentals of Physics I
Calculusbased introductory physics.
Most sections are for engineering students, taught in traditional lecture sections.
One SCALEUP section is for physics majors.
Semester 
Number of sections taught* 
Number of matched students** 
Pretest average (%) 
Posttest average (%) 
Average normalized gain g*** 
Standard error of g**** 
Fall 2011 Large Lecture sections 
3 
No matched students 376/306 
51.4 
67.03 
32.16% 

Fall 2011 SCALEUP section 
1 
No matched students 38/37 
57.9 
74.6 
39.67% 

Fall 2012 & Spring 2013 Large Lecture sections 
6 
Not matching the students 557 
51.8 
72.0 
41.96% 

Fall 2012 & Spring 2013 Large Lecture sections 
6 
Matching the students 550 ***** 
51.2 
71.8 
42.20% 
1.47% 
Fall 2012 SCALEUP section 
1 
No matched students 50/44 
60.0 
70.0 
25.00% 
*If multiple sections of a course are taught by different instructors in a particular semester, please separate assessment data from sections taught by instructors who employ reformed or interactive curriculum and teaching methods and data from sections taught by instructors who employ traditional curriculum and teaching methods.
**If possible, calculate average scores only from students whose pretests and posttests can be matched.
***Use the following formula to calculate the average normalize gain for matched pre and posttest pairs:
Average normalized gain g =
****Standard error =