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Work: pre, during and post class questions part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Interactive Lectures:Examples
This series of questions begins with two questions to be done before class, either as JiTT or homework. Students are then prepared to come to class and engage in in-class peer instruction, building an understanding of the concept of work. This is pulled together by an after-class question that can be used as a homework question or a small-group discussion in a smaller class setting, such as a lab/discussion section, or a small lecture section.
Understanding the Work Energy Theorem: In the lab or as lecture demonstration part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Teaching with Interactive Demonstrations:Examples
While this laboratory activity is a verification lab until the very last step, it allows students to visualize and understand the relationships between the variables, and deepen their understanding of work, begun with a series of concept questions in the previous lecture meeting. This could also be done as a lecture demonstration if necessary, with the questions framed as in-class discussion questions. The discrepant event and the lab design that appears in the last part add the opportunity for real laboratory exploration.