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PHY203: Calculus-based General Physics I, mostly taken by science and math majors (UW-L does not have an engineering program, but has a 3/2 dual-degree option for the physics major). The course was taught in a large lecture format in 2010-2011 where students met three days a week for an hour and had a separate 2-hour laboratory. It changed to a studio format starting in 2011-2012 (integrated lab/lecture) where students meet twice a week for 2.5 hours in a class section of approximately 30 students. Each section is co-taught by the same two instructors.
Mechanics Baseline Test (MBT) Data
Semester |
Number of sections taught* |
Number of matched students** |
Pre-test average (%) |
Post-test average (%) |
Average normalized gain g*** |
Standard error of g**** |
Fall 2010 |
1 |
43 |
44.1 |
55.4 |
0.200 |
0.027 |
Fall 2011 |
3 |
76 |
42.5 |
57.7 |
0.247 |
0.028 |
Fall 2012 |
3 |
64 |
40.0 |
54.4 |
0.238 |
0.024 |
Fall 2013 |
3 |
82 |
42.9 |
57.8 |
0.253 |
0.026 |
PHY204: Calculus-based General Physics II, mostly taken by science and math majors (UW-L does not have an engineering program, but has a 3/2 dual-degree option for the physics major).
The course was taught in a large lecture format in 2010-2011 where students met three days a week for an hour and had a separate 2-hour laboratory. It changed to a studio format starting in 2011-2012 (integrated lab/lecture) where students meet twice a week for 2.5 hours in a class of approximately 30 students. Each section is co-taught by the same two instructors.
Conceptual Survey of Electricity and Magnetism (CSEM) Data
Semester |
Number of sections taught* |
Number of matched students** |
Pre-test average (%) |
Post-test average (%) |
Average normalized gain g*** |
Standard error of g**** |
Spring 2011 |
1 |
30 |
31.3 |
61.0 |
0.433 |
0.056 |
Spring 2012 |
2 |
45 |
30.0 |
60.8 |
0.448 |
0.030 |
Spring 2013 |
2 |
49 |
31.6 |
61.9 |
0.447 |
0.025 |
Spring 2014 |
2 |
60 |
31.3 |
64.4 |
0.499 |
0.030 |
*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 =