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

Gintaras Duda, James Ross

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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
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2012
Event2011 Physics Education Research Conference - Omaha, NE, United States
Duration: Aug 3 2011Aug 4 2011

Publication series

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


Other2011 Physics Education Research Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOmaha, NE

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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