The Exploring Physics Curriculum App is an interactive inquiry and modelingbased conceptual physics curriculum that covers a full year’s conceptual physics course. It combines handson activities with a discussionbased pedagogy where students construct mental models of scientific concepts. The app is constructed so that students input their ideas into the app in text, drawings, and graphs – so the app works as a workbook, lab book and textbook all in one! The curriculum can be used for 8th grade through early college.
Unit 1: Introduction to Electricity
Unit 2: Electrical Circuits
Unit 3: Uniform Motion
Unit 4: Accelerated Motion
Unit 5: Forces and Newton's Laws
Unit 6: Applications of Newton's Laws (available Fall 2017)
Unit 7: Momentum (available Fall 2017)
Unit 8: Energy
Unit 9: Waves (available in 2019)
Here are all the things we have bundled into this app that no other interactive curriculum app does:
A truly interactive curriculum app. Interactive means that you can feed it information just as it can feed it to you, on demand. Enter information as text, drawings, equations and graphs. Get justintime information at a tap of the finger or mouse, including the media that you have come to expect in an app.
Researchbased inquiry and modeling based curriculum. We believe that students learn by doing. To learn physics concepts, the Exploring Physics App takes students through a prelab discovery process, makes them design an experiment, and provides questions for a postlab discussion so they can arrive at the concept by analyzing their own data. Students then apply the concept through practice problems, reading pages and further experimentation.
Handson labs, Reading Pages, Practice Problems, Student Summaries – coherently arranged to learn physics through a conceptbuilding process, deep content background, and concept deployment. Student discussion, whiteboarding and Socratic dialogue are an integral part of this curriculum. The app makes it all easy to deploy.
Justintime definitions, problemsolving movies, animations and simulations. Use the power of the digital medium.
Hybrid offlineonline access. Internet is not needed to access the app, enter or save your entries. Internet access is required only intermittently, for example to update the app or the ebooks, to submit answers to the teacher, or to receive the teacher’s feedback. Do homework on the bus, if you like.
Resources for the teacher. Teacher pages for each activity includes learning objectives, a movie on the lab setup and analysis, help with conducting the activity using a modelingbased pedagogy, and a summary of the concepts addressed in the practice problems. But there’s more – a Unit story line, unit learning goals and objectives, big ideas, Next Generation Science Standards and Mathematics Common Core alignment for each activity, materials lists, and problem sets for assessment. The teacher portal allows electronic grading of student submissions, returning assignments to students, and online webaccessible record keeping.
Each eUnit includes:

Each activity contains:

Teacher Information:

Audience:

Pedagogy
Based on inquiry and modeling pedagogies, the curriculum is structured to allow students to construct their own learning with teacher guidance. Students learn physics concepts by exploring the concept with familiar materials, designing and then conducting an laboratory experiment, and then analyzing the data they obtain to learn the concept. Each mathematical formula is derived by the student by conducting an experiment. The process is guided by questions that students answer and discuss based on their observations. Thus each lab allows students to construct a mental model of the concept. They then deploy the concept through further activities or practice problems. Reading pages guide the student to more complex analysis. Practice problem sets can be used as assessments or practices.
Using the App in your classroom
The App has a teacher and a student version. The teacher version includes the Teacher Information listed above and access to a webbased teacher portal for grading and recordkeeping. It is otherwise identical to the student version.
Alignment to Standards
Next Generation Science Standards  Mathematics Common Core Standards
System Requirements
iOS 9.0 or newer for iPad  Windows 7 or newer  Mac OSX 10.7 or newer  Chromebook (available Fall 2017)