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PHYS 2305 Fundamentals of Physics I

Calculus-based introductory physics.

Most sections are for engineering students, taught in traditional lecture sections.

One SCALE-UP section is for physics majors.

Semester

Number of sections taught*

Number of matched students**

Pre-test

average (%)

Post-test 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

SCALE-UP

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

SCALE-UP

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 pre-tests and post-tests can be matched.

***Use the following formula to calculate the average normalize gain for matched pre- and post-test pairs:

Average normalized gain g =

****Standard error =