Faculty Advisor

Miller, Judith E.


This project was an investigation and implementation of a new technological innovation in physics education. It employed modified Real Time Physics labs to convert the current physics labs in use by WPI into computer-assisted active-learning labs. The effectiveness of the new labs was measured by exam grades, surveys of students' attitudes, and pre and post-instruction administration of Force Concept Inventory (FCI) test, which tests the students conceptual understanding of physics. Survey results indicated that the students enjoyed the labs and that they believed they learned from them. Statistically significant increase in the grades and the physics conceptual learning gain could be achieved only if the experiment were redone with more students or using a conceptual test other then the FCI.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2002

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology