Faculty Advisor

Petkie, Douglas Todd


This project is an investigation on the feasibility of a transition from the classic laboratory system in Introductory Physics to a skill-based project orientated laboratory. It will be looking into the various deficiencies of the current system and how can these be addressed by changing the overall format of the lab part of the course. Furthermore the research includes both already implemented ideas in different campuses across the country and theoretical suggestions made by physics faculty in assorted journals and conferences. The aim for this investigation is to provide a different type of learning outcomes and environment that has been the status quo for decades and attract more students to the subject of Physics.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



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