kenneth heller

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

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Context-rich problem for cooperative group problem solving - Electric Force part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Context-Rich Problems:Examples
This is a problem that students are asked to solve in cooperative groups during a 50 minute period. This problem occurs within the first week of studying electrostatic forces during the second semester of introductory physics for biology students. Students relate concepts from the first semester of physics, specifically forces, vectors, and free-body diagrams, to the electric force. While students work in groups of 3 or 4 to co-construct the solution to the problem, a coach who is either a graduate student or advanced undergraduate student, coaches a group as necessary. After the groups work on co-constructing solutions and a class discussion of part of the solution, detailed solutions to the problem are handed out as the students leave.

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Ken Heller part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:About this Project:Project Participants
Professor of Physics and Associate Head School of Physics and Astronomy University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 55455 Phone:612 624 7314 Background Information Ken Heller is a Professor of ...

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