About the materials

The modules on the CD ROM are an adaptation of Workshop Physics ideas, techniques and laboratory experiments for the algebra-based introductory physics course. In some of the laboratories we have drawn heavily from materials developed for other student populations (calculus-based physics, physics for pre-service teachers), but adapted them for the algebra-based course. In particular, we have used, modified and adapted materials from Workshop Physics1, materials by the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington2,3, from DOING Physics: Image Formation by Lenses by Dewey I. Dykstra, Jr. and Wm. S. (Willy) Smith, Boise State University4 and Electric and Magnetic Interactions by Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood5 in designing the laboratories and used materials by Paul Peter Urone6,7, Arnold Arons8 and others in problems and exercises. However, this curriculum is designed explicitly for the algebra-based physics course.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. CCLI #9981031 and CCLI-EMD #0088780.

Equipment List

Flow Model


1 Priscilla W. Laws, Workshop Physics Activity Guide, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 1999.

2Lillian C. McDermott and the Physics Education Group, Physics by Inquiry Volume II, John Wiley and Sons, NY, 1996.

3Lillian C. McDermott, Peter S. Shaffer and the Physics Education Group, Tutorials in Introductory Physics (Homework), Prentice Hall, NJ, 1998.

4Dewey I. Dykstra, Jr. and Wm. S. (Willy) Smith, DOING Physics: Image Formation by Lenses, Boise State University, 1995.

5Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood, Electric and Magnetic Interactions, John, Wiley, and Sons Inc., NY, 1995.

6Paul Peter Urone, Physics With Health Science Application, ,John Wiley and Sons, Inc., NY, 1986.

7Paul Peter Urone, College Physics, Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, NY, 1998.

8Arnold B. Arons, Homework and Test Question for Introductory Physics Teaching, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., NY, 1994.

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