Paradigms in Physics

The Paradigms in Physics is a curriculum development and research program at Oregon State University for upper-division physics and related math courses.

Paradigms courses feature a wide variety of active-engagement teaching strategies, including Small Whiteboard Questions, collaborative problem-solving, kinesthetic activities, physical manipulatives, and computer visualization. Paradigms have innovative course structures that support these teaching strategies and organize the physics and math ideas in ways that are aligned with how professionals think.

The Paradigms curriculum is strongly informed by the education research by our OSUPER group as well as other physics and math education.

This website contains Paradigms activities, homework problems, and instructional sequences, as well as tips for teaching physics and math at this level.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation. See the NSF Projects page for more details.