What Should Students Know Before Using Physics Lab Equipment?,

Tim Harrison, Ann Schmiedekamp , Carl Schmiedekamp

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)


Pre-lab instruction to insure good laboratory technique and proper usage of equipment is a common practice. Software to support pre-lab work was developed within Bristol ChemLabS, University of Bristol, UK has been in use for 5 years. The impact it has had has been recognized through a national award, distribution of a resource to all UK secondary schools by the Royal Society of Chemistry (in association with Pfizer) and the commercialization of elements through Foundation Chemistry LabSkills in use worldwide. The UK's Higher Education Academy is now funding a project to produce a software resource to support the transition between High School and first year undergraduate in the understanding of key practical skills in both physics and biology. An international committee has identified key areas of prelab instruction in physics and seeks additional feedback.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssociation of American Physics Teachers
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Bibliographical note

Presented at Summer Meeting at Pennsylvania Philadelphia, July 28 - August 1, Association of American Physics Teachers by the Schmiedekamps.

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