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What are the Minds On Physics Internet Modules?

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Minds On Physics is more than 1300 carefully-crafted questions designed to improve student conceptions of common physics topics. Minds On Physics is 135 challenging sublevels, each of which address one or two student learning outcomes. Minds On Physics is a collection of 15 modules which are designed to provide students with a learning opportunity, an exercise in thinking, and a chance to reflect and review.

Minds On Physics is hard to describe because Minds On Physics is like nothing else. At first glance, it appears to be an exercise in answering questions. But it is indeed much more than an exercise in answering questions. Students will certainly answer questions and they will definitely get an exercise. The exercise is an exercise in thinking, an exercise in pondering the meaning of a concept, an exercise in probing the relationship between ideas, and an exercise in making sense of the language which is used to express a physics principle. Students will get a mental workout as they think about how they conceive of a topic. Common misconceptions are often targeted. Superficial thinking is quickly challenged. And a deeper understanding of a concept is most often the end result of this exercise in Minds On Physics. Learn more ...


"Minds on Physics is about cultivating an active mind in order to engage in active learning."



Who can use the MOP Internet Modules?

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Anyone and everyone can use the Minds On Physics Internet Modules. Logging on is an easy process and registration information is not needed. Simply enter a school code (3-4 letters or numerals), an ID number (4-8 numerical characters), first name and last name and you will be ready to start MOP-ping away. Learn more ...


"My students read the material at The Physics Classroom. We discussed the topics in depth. My students thought they understood it well. And then they did the MOPs. They quickly learned that they didn't understand the material until they made an active effort to do something with the material."



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MOP was originally designed to collect information about student progress in an online database, allowing Glenbrook South teachers to make an assignment and to get scores for a gradebook. In recent years, encrypted success codes have been incorporated into the program to allow for the use of MOP without a database. Using encrypted success codes, allows visiting teachers to assign MOP sublevels and check that students have completed the assignment. When a student completes a sublevel, an encrypted success code is generated based on the student name and ID. Teachers can then collect students' success codes and check them online to validate that they indeed completed the sublevel. Learn more ...



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A special invitation is being extended to teachers from other schools to get their students MOP-ping. Use the links below and read the directions; and in a couple of easy steps, you'll turn your students into MOP-aholics. Use the system of encrypted success codes to check that your students have completed the work which you assigned. It's free and it beats grading homework.

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Students: don't get frustrated. Don't get discouraged. Learning physics - really learning it - can be a difficult task. But it's not a task you have to do alone. The Minds On Physics Internet Modules offers an exhaustive collection of help. Every question is accompanied by a discussion of helpful information, formulas and concepts which are pertinent to the question. Simply click the textbook icon and receive the help you need. Learn more ...

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