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Robert Fuller Obituary From American Association Of Physics Teachers Apr 2012

Robert Fuller Obituary From American Association Of Physics Teachers

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

Fuller’s contributions to education will have a continuing impact through the projects he helped lead and the many books and articles he authored or co-authored. AAPT joins the UNL and the physics education community in recognizing the lasting legacy of Dr. Robert G. Fuller.


Robert Fuller Obituary (Local) Apr 2010

Robert Fuller Obituary (Local)

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

Robert G. Fuller, 76, Lincoln, died on Monday evening, April 9, 2012, as a result of complications from a severe brain aneurysm experienced on Thanksgiving morning. His enthusiasm for life and new ideas and his love of chocolate, raspberries, and conversation will be deeply missed.


Use Biomedical Laboratories In Physics To Develop Student Reasoning, Robert G. Fuller Jan 2010

Use Biomedical Laboratories In Physics To Develop Student Reasoning, Robert G. Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

The results of the “intrinsic motivation for learning” work by Thomas Malone (1) can be combined with the “development of reasoning” work by Robert Karplus (2) to create introductory physics laboratories that feature biomedical applications of physics. This presentation will discuss the attributes of the work of Malone and Karplus and illustrate how they can work together to construct physics laboratories that encourage the development of reasoning by students as well as intrigue them with biomedical applications. A concrete example will be given in a six-week module “How Do We See Color?” that was developed as part of the Humanized ...


College Teaching And The Development Of Reasoning, Robert G. Fuller, Thomas C. Campbell, Dewey I. Dykstra, Jr., Scott M. Stevens Jan 2009

College Teaching And The Development Of Reasoning, Robert G. Fuller, Thomas C. Campbell, Dewey I. Dykstra, Jr., Scott M. Stevens

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

Part of the foundation for the research in physics education house of physics was the work of Robert Karplus and Arnold Arons in the 1970s. They expressed a strong concern about conceptual understanding and mature reasoning of students. Karplus led a team of AAPT members to produce a workshop, Physics Teaching and the Development of Reasoning, that was published by the AAPT in booklet form in 1975. That work was broadened to include other college disciplines and was offered on many campuses for faculty development activities for more than a decade. This book, with the AAPT booklet in Appendix B ...


Can One Book Really Transform Your Career?, Robert Fuller Oct 2007

Can One Book Really Transform Your Career?, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

Bärbel Inhelder and Jean Piaget. The Growth of Logical Thinking from Childhood to Adolescence An Essay on the Construction of Formal Operational Structures. New York: Basic Books, Inc., Publishers. 1958, ISBN 041521002X, 356 pp, $25.

My recommendation is get your hands on this seminal book (it is probably in a library near you.), read at least the first part of each of the first 14 chapters and try an much of the rest of the book as you can stand. Then set it aside and read To Understand Is To Invent, The Having of Wonderful Ideas (Duckworth) and Children and ...


Challenges From Alfred Bork: What Has Happened To Computers In Physics Education?, Robert Fuller Oct 2007

Challenges From Alfred Bork: What Has Happened To Computers In Physics Education?, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

In his 1978 Millikan lecture on Interactive Learning, Alfred Bork discussed eleven different modes of computer use in physics education. This paper converts Bork’s modes into challenges to the computers in physics education community and evaluates our progress since 1978. It concludes with a brief discussion of future challenges.


Book Review: A Love Of Discovery: Science Education—The Second Career Of Robert Karplus., Robert Fuller Apr 2007

Book Review: A Love Of Discovery: Science Education—The Second Career Of Robert Karplus., Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

Robert Fuller has set out to collect in a single volume the most important works by Robert Karplus on science education. But rather than simply present the articles and writings in chronological order, the editor has grouped the papers in eight chapters, and each chapter begins with an essay written by someone who worked with Karplus. Most of these eight essays add depth and complexity to the papers and, for some, may be as valuable as the reprints.

Robert Karplus received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1948 at the age of 21 and became a full professor at UC ...


Robert G. Fuller Curriculum Vitae Feb 2007

Robert G. Fuller Curriculum Vitae

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

Updated through October 2005. Includes Education; Professional Experience; Professional Society Memberships & Honors; Innovative Teaching Activities; External Funding; Refereed Journal Articles (45); Invited Papers (121); Books, Chapters, & Media (87); Abstracts & Proceedings (206).


Numerical Computations In Us Undergraduate Physics Courses, Robert Fuller Sep 2006

Numerical Computations In Us Undergraduate Physics Courses, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

A recent study conducted via email and Web surveys gathered responses from physics faculty members across the US about their use of numerical computations in the classroom. Responses showed a strong commitment to computational activities from some physics faculty and a frustration over the lack of such activities from others.


“Don’T Tell Me, I’Ll Find Out”: Robert Karplus—A Science Education Pioneer, Robert Fuller Dec 2003

“Don’T Tell Me, I’Ll Find Out”: Robert Karplus—A Science Education Pioneer, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

Robert Karplus (1927–90), who began his career as a brilliant theoretical physicist, switched to science education in the early 1960s. He made many substantial contributions to this field in addition to developing a complete K–6 hands-on science curriculum. Karplus provided his curriculum with a sound epistemological foundation, based on the work of Piaget. He developed an effective classroom teaching strategy, the learning cycle. He and his team used a scientific approach to curriculum development. They focused on teacher development. Karplus was committed to science for ALL students. Through science activities he sought to share the joy of discovery ...


Unifying Lectures, Recitations & Laboratories As A Part Of The Humanized Physics Project, Vicki L. Plano Clark, Robert G. Fuller Jan 2002

Unifying Lectures, Recitations & Laboratories As A Part Of The Humanized Physics Project, Vicki L. Plano Clark, Robert G. Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

As a part of our work in the Humanized Physics Project, we have made the content of the physics laboratories the keystone of our physics content coverage. After having selected an appropriate human application of physics for the laboratory each week, we have shaped the lecture, recitation and homework assignments to support the laboratory. Our poster will provide examples from both semesters of our general physics course.


Review Of Integrated Physics And Calculus By Andrew F. Rex And Martin Jackson, Robert Fuller Mar 2001

Review Of Integrated Physics And Calculus By Andrew F. Rex And Martin Jackson, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

Are you ready to try something that seems obvious and yet is innovative? If so, then maybe you are ready to teach a combined physics and calculus course. In fact, many of us who have been teaching calculus-based physics have always felt that we had to teach both physics and calculus, because our students seemed to be unable to do anything we thought they had learned to do in the prerequisite calculus course(s).

Now, at last, a courageous physicist and mathematician have worked together to create a combined physics and calculus textbook. Professors Rex and Jackson have written a ...


Program For The Forman Lecture, Vanderbilt University, March 23, 2000, Robert Fuller Mar 2000

Program For The Forman Lecture, Vanderbilt University, March 23, 2000, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

In 1986 Professor and Mrs. Guy Forman provided the initial endowment to establish an award at Vanderbilt University to be given annually to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the teaching of physics at the undergraduate level. The endowment has grown significantly and continues to grow through generous contributions from friends, colleagues, and Dr. Forman's former students.


∫(Calculus)∙D(Physics) = ?, Robert Fuller Mar 2000

∫(Calculus)∙D(Physics) = ?, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

What is wrong with physics?

  • Lowest number of BS degrees in 40 years, but seems to be leveling off.
  • High percentage of foreign PhD students in many departments.

What are some ways out of this situation?

  • A way might be curriculum innovation

Physics and Mathematics:
They are like two functions that have always been defined on the same domain, now
they seem to have a greater overlap.

  • How did it happen?
  • How does it work?
  • What will be the result?


Reality And Theory In A Collision, Norman Derby, Robert Fuller Jan 1999

Reality And Theory In A Collision, Norman Derby, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

Billiard-ball collisions are frequently cited in introductory physics textbooks, usually as examples of elastic collisions. Many articles describing such collisions have appeared in this journal and elsewhere, but comparisons between theoretical results and actual collisions are rare, and most of the theoretical analyses have simply assumed friction to be negligible during the collision time. Students trying to simulate billiard-ball collisions on a popular simulation program such as Interactive Physics® may encounter interesting collisions, such as ones in which the cue ball is thrown up into the air when the frictional coefficients are set at even modest levels. We decided to ...


Reality And Theory In A Collision, Norman Derby, Robert Fuller Jan 1999

Reality And Theory In A Collision, Norman Derby, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

Billiard-ball collisions are frequently cited in introductory physics textbooks, usually as examples of elastic collisions. Many articles describing such collisions have appeared in this journal and elsewhere, but comparisons between theoretical results and actual collisions are rare, and most of the theoretical analyses have simply assumed friction to be negligible during the collision time. Students trying to simulate billiard-ball collisions on a popular simulation program such as Interactive Physics® may encounter interesting collisions, such as ones in which the cue ball is thrown up into the air when the frictional coefficients are set at even modest levels. We decided to ...


Hands-On Computer Use In Science Classrooms: The Skeptics Are Still Waiting, Alan Runge, Amy N. Spiegel, Lisa M. Pytlikzillig, Steven Dunbar, Robert Fuller, Glenn Sowell, David W. Brooks Jan 1999

Hands-On Computer Use In Science Classrooms: The Skeptics Are Still Waiting, Alan Runge, Amy N. Spiegel, Lisa M. Pytlikzillig, Steven Dunbar, Robert Fuller, Glenn Sowell, David W. Brooks

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

Frank Collea was a friend of Robert Fuller and David Brooks, and a mentor to Brooks. We miss him for his energy, his enthusiasm for teaching science, and his perception about how to improve science education. Frank Collea was not a big fan of using computers in instruction. Frank was neither an advocate of using computers to deliver instruction, nor an advocate of teaching their use as professional tools. Indeed, he thought that most of those of us who advocate computer use make assertions that are unwarranted. A decade ago, desktop computers were beginning to appear in colleges and universities ...


Nobel Prize Winners In Physics From 1901 To 1990: Simple Statistics For Physics Teachers, Weijia Zhang, Robert Fuller May 1998

Nobel Prize Winners In Physics From 1901 To 1990: Simple Statistics For Physics Teachers, Weijia Zhang, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

A demographic database for the 139 Nobel prize winners in physics from 1901 to 1990 has been created from a variety of sources. The results of our statistical study are discussed in the light of the implications for physics teaching.


Computer Intensive Physics, Robert Fuller Mar 1998

Computer Intensive Physics, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

In the abstract packet for the conference is an article of references about ideas from cognitive studies that help us teach physics (Fuller, 1998). There is also a pamphlet of references to innovative physics teaching programs in the United States and many of those programs have world-wide web sites so you can access information about those programs from Portugal (O'Kuma, 1998).

I want to talk about my research project last year, which I now call "Computer Intensive Physics", but it really started out as paper-less physics.


A Football Chase On Video, Norman F. Derby, Robert Fuller, Thomas A. Summers Sep 1997

A Football Chase On Video, Norman F. Derby, Robert Fuller, Thomas A. Summers

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

At some universities, football examples are used to motivate students in physics courses to study the law of kinematics and collisions. (In fact, it has been rumored that the number of such examples is inversely related the national ranking of the local football team.) In addition, pursuit-and-evasion strategies are often introduced in beginning calculus courses as a device for teaching mathematical modeling and problem solving. Some recent papers describe theoretical strategies for pursuit-and-evasion that are appropriate for a one-on-one situation in a football game. But what do players actually do in a real football game? We decided to look into ...


The Ubiquitous Coffee Filter, Norman F. Derby, Robert Fuller, Phil W. Gronseth Mar 1997

The Ubiquitous Coffee Filter, Norman F. Derby, Robert Fuller, Phil W. Gronseth

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

What analyst would have predicted that Mr. CoffeeTM would diversify into the scientific supplies market? Nevertheless, that coffeemaker's filters, with their flat bottoms and fluted sides, have been popular in physics classroom experiments for some time now. Besides being cheap and readily available, coffee filters allow students to work experimentally with non-constant forces and, because the filters can be easily stacked without changing their aerodynamic profile, the variation in drag force with velocity can be studied. Since stacks of a few filters fall at speeds of about a meter per second and even a stack of ten reaches ...


Teaching And Learning Physics With Interactive Video, Dean Zollman, Robert Fuller Apr 1994

Teaching And Learning Physics With Interactive Video, Dean Zollman, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

Using computer-controlled digital video, students can view and analyze the physics of events as common as the snapping of a towel, as graceful as the motion of a dancer or as extraordinary as the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.


Millikan Lecture 1992: Hypermedia And The Knowing Of Physics: Standing Upon The Shoulders Of Giants, Robert Fuller Apr 1993

Millikan Lecture 1992: Hypermedia And The Knowing Of Physics: Standing Upon The Shoulders Of Giants, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

Hypermedia is defined and its roots briefly discussed. Models of knowing physics and of intrinsically motivating instruction are presented. Uses of hypermedia to increase the knowing of physics and the motivation of learners are proposed.


Multimedia - Hype Or No?, Robert Fuller Jan 1993

Multimedia - Hype Or No?, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

Commonly, multimedia is used as a modern name for interactive video. It simply means using a computer to control the presentation of video images to an audience. It facilitates glitzy presentations of boring data. In my view, this is hype.

However, there is a more profound sense of the term. Multimedia can be seen in an historical context that places it in the tradition that began with Vannevar Bush, director of the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development, who in 1945 published an article, "As We May Think" in the Atlantic Monthly. In that article he suggested a ...


Some "Do's" And "Don't'S" For Using Computers In Science Instruction, Glenn A. Sowell, Robert Fuller Nov 1990

Some "Do's" And "Don't'S" For Using Computers In Science Instruction, Glenn A. Sowell, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

As science researchers and professors, we have had a fairly broad collection of experiences in using computers, from batch-processing and number crunching in large computer systems using FORTRAN and symbolic languages to teaching problem-solving courses for nonscience students using personal computers. While we claim no special computer expertise, we both own computers and are frequently called upon to offer advice to our colleagues who are greater novices than we are. Hence, on the basis of reflections on our experiences and observations of what we have seen other people and institutions do, we have compiled a list of “Do’s” and ...


Explorers Of The Nuclear Cyclotron
Experiment 190
, Robert Fuller
Sep 1988

Explorers Of The Nuclear Cyclotron Experiment 190, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

Physics is the world view espoused by the community of people called physicists. Some of them use a common facility with many other physicists to increase the cost-effectiveness of the facility. The life style of such physicists shares many features with a wide variety of professions that use very expensive equipment. For example, personal time schedule of the equipment as much for television producers as for cyclotron physicists.


Resource Letter Cpe-1: Computers In Physics Education, Robert Fuller Sep 1986

Resource Letter Cpe-1: Computers In Physics Education, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

This resource letter provides a source of information for physics teachers who wish to use computers in physics education. The letter "E” after a reference indicates a relatively elementary item useful for people just beginning to develop an interest in using computers; the letter "I" denotes intermediate level references for people who have already mastered the specialized vocabulary of computer uses; and the letter "A" denotes advanced material for people who have experience using computers in physics teaching. This letter code does not refer to the level of the physics concepts discussed in any of the articles. An asterisk (*) indicates ...


1981 Oersted Medal: I. I . Rabi And Melba Newell Phillips Award 1982, Robert Fuller Sep 1982

1981 Oersted Medal: I. I . Rabi And Melba Newell Phillips Award 1982, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

This award is given for exceptional contributions to physics education through leadership in the American Association of Physics Teachers. The award will not be given annually, but occasionally to an outstanding physics educator.


Miiiikan Award For 1981, Robert Fuller Nov 1981

Miiiikan Award For 1981, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

In conclusion, for his notable and creative contributions to physics teaching, in particular how he has alerted us to the implications of our cultural assumptions, how he has found interesting physics everywhere, and how he has valued the humanity of physics, the American Association of Physics Teachers presents to Albert A. Bartlett the 1981 Robert A. Millikan Award.


University-School Cooperation, Herman Feshbach, Robert Fuller Apr 1981

University-School Cooperation, Herman Feshbach, Robert Fuller

Robert G. Fuller Publications and Presentations

We have a growing concern with the deterioration in both the quality and quantity of secondary physics education in the US. These concerns have recently been addressed by an APS panel chaired by Gertrude S. Goldhaber.