Problem-based learning in upper division courses: Student successes, perceptions, and reactions

Gintaras Duda, James Ross

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Abstract

This paper presents an experiment in project/problem-based learning (PBL) in an upper division mathematical physics course. The group project in the course involved modeling a zombie outbreak of the type seen in AMC's The Walking Dead. Students researched, devised, and solved their mathematical models for the spread of a zombie-like infection. Students independently learned and utilized numerical methods to solve highly coupled systems of differential equations. This work explores student perceptions and reactions to problem-based learning, and the feasibility of using PBL as the sole pedagogy in upper division physics courses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 Physics Education Research Conference
Pages183-186
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012
Event2011 Physics Education Research Conference - Omaha, NE, United States
Duration: Aug 3 2011Aug 4 2011

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume1413
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

Other2011 Physics Education Research Conference
CountryUnited States
CityOmaha, NE
Period8/3/118/4/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Duda, G., & Ross, J. (2012). Problem-based learning in upper division courses: Student successes, perceptions, and reactions. In 2011 Physics Education Research Conference (pp. 183-186). (AIP Conference Proceedings; Vol. 1413). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3680025