Directions for Use

 

Logging On || Completing Sublevels || Collecting Success Codes || Obtaining Credit

 

The Minds On Physics Internet Modules were designed to be user-friendly. Learning to use the program should occur quite quickly. Knowing a few basic facts about the program will improve the friendliness of your experience.

 

Logging On

Anyone can use the Minds On Physics Internet Modules. Logging on is an easy process - whether you are doing them as an assignment for a course or simply doing them to learn a physics concept more deeply or as practice for a quiz or a test. To log on, go to the Start page, click the Log On button and fill in the four requested fields.

School Code - a 3-4 letter code
If you are doing MOP as an assignment for a teacher, use the school code which the instructor provided. If you are doing MOP on your own, enter any 3-4 letter code which you wish.

 

Student ID - 4-8 numbers; no leading zeroes; numbers only

If you are doing MOP as an assignment for a teacher, use the student ID which the instructor assigned to you. If you are doing MOP on your own, use any 4-8 number ID you wish. Don't start the ID with a 0 and don't use any character but a number.

 

First Name - at least two letters; letters only (no apostrophes or hyphens)

If you are doing MOP as an assignment, use your first name or a nickname. Remember how you spelled it and spell it the same way every time you do MOP. The success codes are based on the spelling. If you are doing MOP on your own, simply type in a first name - your own first name or a fantasy name. As long as you use at least two letters, you'll be allowed to log on.

 

Last Name - at least two letters; letters only (no apostrophes or hyphens)

If you are doing MOP as an assignment, use your last name. Remember how you spelled it and spell it the same way every time you do MOP. The success codes are based on the spelling. If you are doing MOP on your own, simply type in a last name - your own last name or a fantasy name. As long as you use at least two letters, you'll be allowed to log on.

 

 

Completing Sublevels

Once you have logged on, you can pick a broad category of topics such as Momentum and Collisions or Sound and Music. These broad topics are referred to as a module. Once you have selected your module, a set of subtopics will appear. These subtopics are referred to as sublevels. Next to each sublevel, the number of questions and allowed misses are indicated. Pick a sublevel from within the module by clicking on its name. Then simply answer the questions which appear on the screen. The Scoreboard keeps track of your progress. When you have completed the required number of questions without exceeding the allowed number of misses, you will be awarded with a success code. The success code is an encrypted 8-character success code. The success code is unique to you and to the sublevel. No other student will have the same success code. If you are doing the sublevel as part of an instructor's assignment, write the success code down. You must write it down exactly as it is shown on the screen. Failure to write it accurately (and legibly) could result in the failure to receive credit. If you are doing the sublevel on your own, then simply ignore the code and proceed back to the menu of sublevel topics.

You are likely to miss some questions. Any question you miss will appear again (or at least a version of it will) before you complete the sublevel. If you miss too many questions (exceed the allowed number of misses), then you will have to start the sublevel over again. Of course, this can be frustrating. But at the same time, it is an indication that your understanding of the topic is less than ideal and that you could use some more practice. Before you become too frustrated with starting the same sublevel over and over again, it would be a wise choice to click on the textbook icon and read the question-specific help. This all requires that you slow down, organize, perhaps get out a textbook or some class notes, and make an effort to fill in the holes in your knowledge of a subtopic. It is important to recognize that if you are continually having to repeat a sublevel over again that your understanding level is low. In this case, it would be wise to read up on the topic before you continue down the path of ultimate frustration. Take your time to use your textbook or read one or more of the pages from The Physics Classroom Tutorial. Learning is seldom the result of the impulsive act of clicking buttons; it takes time, thought and mental organization. The Minds On Physics Internet Modules forces students to think ... and to learn.

 

About the Success Codes

Upon successfully completing a sublevel, an encrypted 8-character success code is generated and displayed on the monitor. The generation of the codes is based upon the student's name and ID number (and some other information which nobody will ever know). It is important that you enter your name and ID correctly since the success code will be based upon it. Each sublevel has its unique success code which will be different for every student. The codes contain encrypted information which allows your teacher to verify that you have completed the assignments. S/he may ask you to collect your codes and then check to see that what you have recorded is a valid code. This will allow your teacher to award credit to you for completion of assigned sublevels.

 

Obtaining Credit

Further information will be provided by your teacher concerning the process that will be used to verify the completion of assigned work. It is important that you know that success codes should be written down accurately once a sublevel is completed. To help organize your codes, consider printing the Record-Keeping page found online. There is a separate record-keeping page for every module. Since every character in an 8-digit success code is critically important, it is imperative that you carefully and legibly record every success code which you receive. If you successfully complete a sublevel but record the success code incorrectly, then you may not receive credit for the sublevel.

 

Teachers who are interested in using the Minds On Physics Internet Modules with their classes can read more about it on a separate page.

 

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