Physics Lab as Exploration
I’ve been reworking some of my intro physics labs so that they are simpler and more straightforward. Personally, I feel pretty strongly that the two main types of physics lab activity – exploration and verification – are both important to a student’s education. I want to include more exploratory activities in my classes (perhaps instead of / alongside the UW tutorials), but have been jumping back and forth about how to do it. Here’s a great example of one instructor who’s put together some exploratory lab activities…. I think I’m going to use some of these!