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written by the University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group, Kenneth Heller, and Patricia Heller
This web site provides information on the creation and assessment of "Context Rich Problems". These problems place physics in a real-world context to help students develop problem-solving skills. Strategies for solving the problems are not explicitly provided. Rather, students must evaluate the given data to figure out what is useful and what is irrelevant. Each problem is formulated so it is too challenging for one student to solve alone, yet not too difficult for a group to master.
Included on this page are links to examples and guidelines for creating context-rich problems.
This approach is based on the work of the Minnesota Physics Education Research and Development group.
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Context Rich Problems:
Contains Context Rich Problems Online Archives
The archive contains the context-rich problems developed through this research effort.relation by Bruce Mason
Is the Basis For RELATE real-world problem index
This set of "Real-World" problems is based on the context-rich problem method. It includes 11 introductory mechanics problems ranging in difficulty from easy to difficult.relation by Caroline Hall
Is Associated With Context Rich Problems: Teaching Introductory Physics Through Problem Solving
This is a Power Point presentation appropriate for new physics teachers or high school teachers. It gives examples and explains how to implement context rich problems in introductory physics courses.relation by Caroline Hall
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