The Physics Classroom Science Reasoning Center

Coming This Fall - Science Reasoning Center, Version 2

Version 2 of our Science Reasoning Center will be released in August of 2023. The newest version will be interactive (not just a bunch of PDFs), offer immediate feedback to students' answers, offer multiple opportunities for correction, and be Task Tracker compatible. Furthermore, the new version will consist of a collection of NGSS-inspired activities that lie at the intersection of a Disciplinary Core Idea, a Science and Engineering Practice, and a Cross-Cutting Concept. Plans are currently under way. The back-end programming is nearly complete. And we should have some content available for preview and usage beginning in late-April or early-May of 2023.

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Legacy Version of Science Reasoning Center

Available until August, 2023
(at which time it will be replaced by the newest version)

The Science Reasoning Center provides teachers with a collection of teacher-friendly and classroom-ready activities for cultivating and assessing students' ability to reason scientifically. The activities are worksheets that consist of reading passages accompanied by questions. The worksheets are organized by the physics topics shown below. The passages and accompanying questions engage students in a variety of types of tasks. These tasks fall into the broad categories of interpreting data, analyzing experiments, and evaluating models and theories.

The development of science reasoning skills is an essential aspect of an effective science education. Most physics teachers will quickly agree that our courses involve more than the dispensing of knowledge. As physics teachers, we strive to encourage the growth of a variety of process skills. For instance, the understanding of Newton's second law may be the end of an activity in which we analyze force-mass-acceleration data. Yet the means to that end - analyzing and interpreting data in order to determine a numerical pattern - is justifiable in and of itself. The Science Reasoning Center provides teachers with a large collection of activities that can be used to intentionally target many different process and reasoning skills. The activities have been motivated by ACT's College Readiness Standards (CRS). These standards define a collection of science reasoning skills that are at the core of an effective science education. Additional information about the philosophy behind this section of the website and ideas for its usage in the classroom are available on other pages.



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