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Assessment
In Fall 2012-2013, we collected data only for the Thinking Physics course, which is aimed at students who intend to major in physics or engineering, but are underprepared to enroll in the introductory calculus-based physics course. This was the first time offering the course.
Semester |
Number of sections taught* |
Number of matched students** |
Pre-test average (%) |
Post-test average (%) |
Average normalized gain g*** |
Standard error of g**** |
Fall 2012 |
1 |
5 |
29.3% |
53.9% |
0.45 |
0.12 |
For 2013-2014, we have results for 3 sections of the first semester of introductory physics (College and University Physics I)
Semester |
Number of sections taught* |
Number of matched students** |
Pre-test average (%) |
Post-test average (%) |
Average normalized gain g*** |
Standard error of g**** |
FCI |
1 |
281 |
30.7% |
54.1% |
0.30 |
0.014 |
FCI |
1 |
192 |
44.5% |
60.5% |
0.29 |
0.021 |
FMCE |
1 |
90 |
14.6% |
36.6% |
0.24 |
0.022 |
These show results of the BEMA for University Physics II in the fall and spring:
Semester |
Number of sections taught* |
Number of matched students** |
Pre-test average (%) |
Post-test average (%) |
Average normalized gain g*** |
Standard error of g**** |
Reformed |
1 |
189 |
23.8% |
57.3% |
0.436 |
0.037 |
Traditional |
1 |
186 |
26.8% |
46.5% |
0.266 |
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 =