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Ten Ways to Improve Learning Physics as Part of an Engineering Course

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





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Engineering Physics Technical Session 4

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Engineering Physics & Physics

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Rodrigo Cutri P.E. Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia Orcid 16x16

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Cutri holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Maua Institute of Technology (2001), MSc (2004) and Ph.D. (2007) in Electrical Engineering - University of São Paulo. He is currently Titular Professor of Maua Institute of Technology, Professor of the University Center Foundation Santo André, and consultant - Tecap Electrical Industry Ltda. He has experience in Electrical Engineering with emphasis on Industrial Electronics and Engineering Education, acting on the following topics: power electronics, Physics and active learning.

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Paulo Alexandre Martin Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia

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Paulo Martin is professor of Physics and Electronic Engineering at Maua School of Engineering.

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Nair Stem Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia

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Graduated at Physics
Master at Electrical Engineering
Doctor at Eletrical Engineering

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Keiti Pereira Vidal Souza Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia

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Degree in Engineering.
Teaching Specialist in Higher Education.
Master's degree in Engineering.

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Learning is a process. The assessment of this learning is a powerful diagnosis that allows the teacher to redirect efforts to assist the learning process weaknesses presented by the students. This paper discusses 10 ways to improve learning of Physics in an Engineering Course by adopting direct and indirect learning support actions. Each action is analysed making connection to its own theoretical reference, steps how to implement, challenges and needs, students’ and teachers’ point of view. The actions discussed were applied in Physics I course for freshman students in our Engineering School (a universe of 1000 students - 700 Day / Night 300). The Learning Support Actions are initially divided in indirect learning actions (were students have activities to improve learning without any evaluation grade) like: 1.student support; 2.Technical Staff; 3.Video classes and 4. Teaching service and direct learning actions (were students have activities to improve learning with evaluation grade) like: 5. Online exercises; 6. Pre-Exam; 7. Lab reports; 8. Active Learning Projects; 9. Lab seminars and 10. Preparatory Discussion Lab Questions.

Cutri, R., & Martin, P. A., & Stem, N., & Souza, K. P. V. (2016, June), Ten Ways to Improve Learning Physics as Part of an Engineering Course Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26075

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