Date Approved

2019

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Physics and Astronomy

Committee Member

Jonathan Skuza, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Ernest Behringer, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Eric Paradis, Ph.D.

Abstract

Undergraduate physics laboratory activities are the main way that students get to apply physics concepts and develop experimental skills. Consequently, the presentation of experimental techniques is exceedingly important, and a poorly constructed guide could hinder student success. I have created a lab manual for use in PHY 372 Modern Physics Laboratory at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). This lab manual helps students develop experimental skills valuable in their future careers in a variety of fields. I evaluated the teaching effectiveness of the lab manual using a survey at the end of the Fall 2017 semester, revised the lab manual, and evaluated it again at the end of the Fall 2018 semester. The 2018 lab manual improved upon the 2017 lab manual overall but did not effectively implement an inquiry-based lab. Further work can be done to study how the skills gained in this laboratory section help student success in future lab experiences at EMU.

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