Problem-based learning in upper division courses

Student successes, perceptions, and reactions

Gintaras K. 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
Title of host publication2011 Physics Education Research Conference
Pages183-186
Number of pages4
Volume1413
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Event2011 Physics Education Research Conference - Omaha, NE, United States
Duration: Aug 3 2011Aug 4 2011

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

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

Problem-based learning in upper division courses : Student successes, perceptions, and reactions. / Duda, Gintaras K.; Ross, James.

2011 Physics Education Research Conference. Vol. 1413 2012. p. 183-186.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Duda, GK & Ross, J 2012, Problem-based learning in upper division courses: Student successes, perceptions, and reactions. in 2011 Physics Education Research Conference. vol. 1413, pp. 183-186, 2011 Physics Education Research Conference, Omaha, NE, United States, 8/3/11. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3680025
Duda, Gintaras K. ; Ross, James. / Problem-based learning in upper division courses : Student successes, perceptions, and reactions. 2011 Physics Education Research Conference. Vol. 1413 2012. pp. 183-186
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