Petition to stop using the Tutorials in Introductory Physics books at Georgia State University.

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The Petition

Students are unhappy with the Tutorials in Introductory Physics books and this petition is to propose that these books are removed from Georgia State University. These books are used for a one hour in-class assignment that precedes the main lab and a homework assignment. These assignments are meant to help with conceptual learning of Physics and are detached from the lecture and lab. Most students view them as a pre-lab, because they are integrated directly before the main lab. The problem is, they do not always align with the lecture material and the lab topic. They create confusion more often than not.

Research was done to determine what other schools use as a pre-lab. In the short timeframe allocated for this survey, about four hundred schools were able to respond and provide information about what kind of pre-lab they use for Physics. This research was only able to brush the surface on this topic. Out of all schools contacted, only few other schools perform pre-labs the same as GSU. The Tutorials have a lot of research to back their usefulness, but they are not designed to be used as pre-labs. A few schools indicated that the Tutorials were meant to be completed after learning a topic, but most of the time the Tutorials taught do not align, coming early or mismatched with the the lecture and lab.

Out of 398 responses, 188 schools indicated they did use some form of pre-lab and 189 schools indicated they did not use any pre-lab at all. 21 schools indicated that depending on the instructor, some use a pre-lab and some do not.

About 25% of schools indicated they use a simple pre-lab quiz. The quiz varied school to school, but generally questions would be geared toward preparing students for the upcoming lab. Questions would include asking about lab equipment that will be used, graphing (x, y, slope), and questions about the previous weeks lab. The goal was to have students be more prepared for the lab.

About 6% of schools used a short presentation before the main lab. This was to provide students with good understanding of the lab, rather than throwing them into the lab. These schools indicated that this was their pre-lab, but most schools use some short of short presentation or discussion at the beginning of most labs to prepare students.

Over 50% of the responses indicated they give homework as a pre-lab. This was usually to serve the same purpose as a pre-lab quiz would. Schools wanted students to read the main lab prior to class. An at-home assignment would reinforce this and also better prepare students for the main lab.

About 15% of schools that responded use a in-class assignment either from a bought book or a lab manual developed in-house.

The student cost of a pre-lab was also an interest in this research. 103 schools had some sort of cost information in their response. 34 schools indicated that their pre-lab costed students a value greater than zero. This includes responses that listed the cost value of their pre-lab or indicated that their was a non-zero cost (but did not provide a value). The cost was usually associated with a lab manual with pre-lab attachment, or a pre-packaged book with pre-lab sections. Generally, the cost was shared with materials used for the entire lab, not just the pre-lab.

69 schools indicated that cost of their pre-lab is free to students. Usually the pre-lab materials or lab manual would be provided to the students at zero cost.

295 schools had no cost provided with their response, but one could speculate that the student cost is little to none based on the other data. Not many schools use pre-packaged lab books. And most schools wrote their own lab manual in-house. The cost of this to students was usually zero or the minimum publishing cost.

The Tutorials books are a high cost for students. The bundle (pre-lab and homework book) goes for about $70 in the bookstore. The books are on their first edition (following the preliminary edition), published in 2002. A second preliminary edition that was published in 2012 exists, but is not used here at GSU. In 2018 (Spring, Summer, and Fall semester), 685 students enrolled in the first semester of Physics 2211K. Students as a whole are paying just under $50,000 on Tutorials books each year. This puts a tremendous burden on students as the books are considered “destructible” —They are required to be written in and pages torn out. This reduces the reusability of the books and is not sustainable. Another factor is the non-existent legal electronic version of the books, which many students would prefer to use. The homework book is 177 pages. Only 51 pages are used (29% of the book) across two semesters. The main lab book is 244 pages. Only 113 pages are used (46% of the book) across two semesters. Combined, less than 40% of both books are actually being used.

A good pre-lab is meant to prepare students for the main lab. A good pre-lab should create a solid bridge between the lecture and main lab. A pre-lab that is designed in-house would be more promising as it would resonate with the main labs and can easily be improved upon semester to semester. This would allow more flexibility and be more valuable to the school, as well as the students. Students are unhappy with the Tutorials books and they are not good fit for Georgia State University. Even the Physics Education Research (PER) group, a group backing the Tutorials with lots of positive research, mentions that the student resistance is common for the Tutorials. They acknowledge this in their own user guide for the books where they address what to do when students feel the books are “condescending” or “make them feel stupid”. These books should be removed.

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The Data



SchoolPrelabNotes
University of Alaska (AK) Presentation, HomeworkHomework: 2-5 questions or short problems. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (AK) None
Troy University (AL) Homework
University of Alabama (AL) None
Snead State Community College (AL) QuizQuiz via Blackboard. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Arkansas State University (AR) HomeworkBasic spreadsheet and calculation assignments. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Harding University (AR) Presentation, HomeworkPre-lab lecture and one homework problem that is discussed at the beginning of class.
Henderson State University (AR) None
Northwest Arkansas Community College (AR) None
Southern Arkansas University Magnolia (AR) None
University of Arkansas at Little Rock (AR) HomeworkHomework via Blackboard.
University of Central Arkansas (AR) None
Williams Baptist College (AR) None
University of Arizona (AZ) HomeworkLab manual is written in-house. Homework is to summarize lab procedure before class. Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $25.
Arizona State University (AZ) HomeworkHomework via Blackboard or WebAssign. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Mesa Community College (AZ) None
Northern Arizona University (AZ) None
Bakersfield College (CA) Presentation
Butte College (CA) None
California Baptist University (CA) None
California Lutheran University (CA) QuizQuiz via In-class (questions about upcoming lab and previous lab).
California Polytechnic State University (CA) Assignment, *NoneLeft to the discretion of each instructor. *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
City College of San Francisco (CA) QuizQuiz taken at the beginning of class.
Chapman University (CA) Assignment, HomeworkIn-class assignment and homework from the books "Tutorials in Introductory Physics" by Lillian C. McDermott and Peter S. Shaffer.
The Claremont Colleges (CA) None
Crafton Hills College (CA) None
Fresno State (CA) HomeworkTheoretical calculations that reflect on the physics of upcoming lab. Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $15.
California State University Long Beach (CA) None
California State University San Bernardino (CA) Assignment, *None *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
California Western School of Law San Diego (CA) HomeworkHomework based on modified CENCO experiments. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Dominican University of California (CA) HomeworkHomework via Moodle. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Diablo Valley College (CA) None
Foothill-De Anza Community College District (CA) None
Columbia College (CA) AssignmentProblems from the textbook worked on in-class. Other classes may have the assignment worked on at home. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Harvey Mudd College (CA) None
Las Positas College (CA) None
University of La Verne (CA) QuizQuiz taken online via Blackboard. Lab manual is free, but lab fees exist. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
UCLA School of Law (CA) QuizWatch a video and answer some questions. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Loyola Marymount University (CA) None
Merced Community College (CA) Presentation30-45 lecture before lab. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
MiraCosta College (CA) None
Naval Postgraduate School (CA) NoneSometimes offers a basic physics course with no pre-lab (graduate school).
Occidental College (CA) HomeworkHomework assignment designed in-house. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Pepperdine University (CA) None
Pomona College (CA) None
University of Redlands (CA) None
Santa Rosa Junior College (CA) HomeworkHomework problem: Theoretical prediction for the lab.
San Diego Mesa College (CA) NoneLecture and lab have same instructor to create good continuity.
San Jose State University (CA) Homework
San Mateo County Community College (CA) None
Sonoma State University (CA) Homework
Stanford University (CA) HomeworkHomework is a mix of conceptual questions and calculations/predictions.
University of California Davis (CA) Homework
University of California Santa Cruz (CA) HomeworkIn-house lab manual and homework. Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $12.
University of San Francisco (CA) None
Whittier College (CA) None
Colorado College (CO) None
Colorado Mesa University (CO) HomeworkHomework covers basic physics problems related to the lab. The book "Tutorials in Introductory Physics", by Lillian C. McDermott and Peter S. Shaffer, are sometimes used as main lab exercises. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
University of Denver (CO) Homework
Front Range Community College (CO) HomeworkHomework are problems from the textbook.
Colorado School of Mines (CO) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated).
Pikes Peak Community College (CO) AssignmentAssignment from "Physics with Vernier" by Kenneth Appel, Clarence Bakken, John Gastineau, Richard Sorensen, and David Vernier, done in-class or at home.
Regis University (CO) AssignmentPre-lab questions can be done outside of class or at the beginning of lab time. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO) Homework
University of Colorado Denver (CO) QuizQuizzes have been used here for about 20 years.
University of Northern Colorado (CO) None
Western State Colorado University (CO) QuizHomework via Blackboard.
Eastern Connecticut State University (CT) None
Southern Connecticut State University (CT) Homework Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $8.47.
University of Connecticut (CT) HomeworkHomework is part of in-house lab manual. Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $25.
Wesleyan University (CT) AssignmentAssignment covers predicting outcome of lab. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Yale University (CT) Quiz
American University (DC) QuizQuiz via Blackboard.
The George Washington University (DC) None
Delaware State University (DE) None
Delaware Technical Community College (DE) AssignmentStudio format (labs & lectures integrated).
University of Delaware (DE) Homework
Bethune-Cookman University (FL) Assignment Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Daytona State College (FL) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated).
Florida Atlantic University (FL) None
Florida Gulf Coast University (FL) Presentation, *None20-30 minute lecture before lab. *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school.
Florida State University (FL) None
Hillsborough Community College (FL) Homework Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Jacksonville University (FL) None
University of Miami (FL) QuizQuiz taken online. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
North Florida Community College (FL) Homework
Seminole State College of Florida (FL) HomeworkInstructors create their own pre-lab, usually done as homework.
University of Florida (FL) HomeworkWeb-based pre-lab assignment based on sections of textbook.
University of North Florida (FL) None
University of South Florida (FL) QuizReading assignment and a quiz.
University of Tampa (FL) Homework Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $15.
Agnes Scott College (GA) HomeworkHomework via Moodle. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Albany State University (GA) Assignment, HomeworkIn-class assignment and homework from the books "Tutorials in Introductory Physics", by Lillian C. McDermott and Peter S. Shaffer.
Bainbridge College (GA) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated).
Clark Atlanta University (GA) Homework Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Emmanuel College (GA) HomeworkHomeworks created in-house. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Emory University (GA) QuizQuiz via WebAssign (5-7 questions about specific lab, general physics concept, and calculation).
Georgia College & State University (GA) HomeworkHomework via MasteringPhysics.
Georgia Gwinnett College (GA) Quiz, *NoneSome instructors may give a quiz to see if students read the lab material before class. *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school.
Georgia Institute of Technology (GA) Quiz, *None *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school.
Georgia State University (GA) Assignment, HomeworkIn-class assignment and homework from the books "Tutorials in Introductory Physics", by Lillian C. McDermott and Peter S. Shaffer.
Georgia Southern University (GA) Quiz, *NoneQuiz via folio (questions about previous lab). Studio format (labs & lectures integrated). *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school.
Kennesaw State University (GA) None
LaGrange College (GA) , *None *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school.
Mercer University (GA) NonePost-lab quiz.
Piedmont College (GA) NoneStill developing labs.
Spelman College (GA) None
University of Georgia (GA) None
University of West Georgia (GA) None
Brigham Young University Hawaii (HI) NoneOnline course has at-home labs.
Coe College (IA) NoneExpect students to read lab ahead of time.
Dordt College (IA) AssignmentAssignment from the book "Tutorials in Introductory Physics", by Lillian C. McDermott and Peter S. Shaffer.
Drake University (IA) PresentationFirst day of class is pre-lab day. Syllabus, lab report format, Excel, and the software LaTeX are gone over.
Univeristy of Iowa (IA) Homework Response indicated the cost associated with pre-labs for students is a non-zero number.
University of Northern Iowa (IA) QuizNon-graded homework and in-class quiz. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Boise State University (ID) NoneCurrently in the process of developing pre-labs.
Brigham Young University Idaho (ID) None"The book ""Tutorials in Introductory Physics"", by Lillian C. McDermott and Peter S. Shaffer, are used in the classroom-lab setting, but no pre-lab or homework.
The College of Idaho (ID) HomeworkHomework via Canvas. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Bradley University (IL) Homework, *NoneNot every lab has a pre-lab. *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school.
College of DuPage (IL) HomeworkHomework comes from reading in-house lab manuals. Response indicated the cost associated with pre-labs for students is a non-zero number.
Columbia College Chicago (IL) None
DePaul University (IL) HomeworkStudio format (labs & lectures integrated). Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Elmhurst College (IL) NoneDetailed discussions during lab.
Harper College (IL) QuizQuiz in-class or via Blackboard. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
John A. Logan College (IL) None
Knox College (IL) None
Lewis University (IL) HomeworkHomework is summarizing main lab prior to class. Labs are posted on Blackboard at the beginning of the semester. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Monmouth College (IL) Presentation, AssignmentPre-lab lecture is given and then in-class pre-lab assignments before lab.
Oakton Community College (IL) Quiz, *None *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL) NoneStudents are expected to read the main lab prior to class. In-house lab manual is purchased from bookstore.
University of Illinois at Chicago (IL) HomeworkHomework questions reference lab material. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
University of Evansville (IN) None
Hanover College (IN) None
Indiana Wesleyan University (IN) None
Marian University Indianapolis (IN) HomeworkNot all labs have pre-labs.
Purdue University (IN) None
Saint Mary’s College (IN) None
University of Indianapolis (IN) None
Benedictine College (KS) QuizVideo introduction with online quiz.
Emporia State University (KS) None
Fort Hays State University (KS) QuizIn-class quiz.
The University of Kansas (KS) AssignmentPre-lab is a worksheet include in lab manual. Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $20.
Washburn University (KS) AssignmentStudents keep lab notebook documenting purpose of, predictions/hypothesis, equipment used, and procedures used in lab.
Wichita State University (KS) AssignmentAssignment from pre-lab portion of the lab manual. Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $31.45.
Berea College (KY) NoneUses the book "Tutorials in Introductory Physics", by Lillian C. McDermott and Peter S. Shaffer, during lectures.
Eastern Kentucky University (KY) None
Lindsey Wilson College (KY) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated).
Morehead State University (KY) None
Nicholls State University (LA) None
Tulane University (LA) None
University of Louisiana at Monroe (LA) NoneMain labs are posted to Noodle each week for free.
Gordon College (MA) QuizIn-class quiz. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Hampshire College (MA) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated).
College of the Holy Cross (MA) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated). Used to use a homework assignment when lab was separate.
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (MA) AssignmentQuestions a small group answers in-class before main lab.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated).
Northeastern University (MA) HomeworkPre-lab assignments included with the lab manual. Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $54.95.
Salem State University (MA) None
Smith College (MA) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated).
Springfield College (MA) None
Wellesley College (MA) None
Wheaton College, Norton (MA) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated).
Williams College (MA) None
Worcester State University (MA) HomeworkIn-house lab manuals. Pre-labs are four to five questions. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Loyola University Maryland (MD) PresentationInformal presentation at beginning of lab. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Montgomery College (MD) None
University of Maryland (MD) Homework, *None *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school. Response indicated the cost associated with pre-labs for students is a non-zero number.
United States Naval Academy (MD) HomeworkHomework that indicates students have read the lab ahead of time. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Bates College (ME) HomeworkHomework covers theory behind lab, equations they will be using, qualitative questions about what they will be doing. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Bowdoin College (ME) HomeworkIn-house lab manual with pre-lab assignments. Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $5.
College of the Atlantic (ME) HomeworkHomework is 3-4 questions relating to lab instructions.
Saint Joseph’s College (ME) None
University of Maine (ME) HomeworkShort online pre-lab for second semester. Also uses the books "Tutorials in Introductory Physics", by Lillian C. McDermott and Peter S. Shaffer, for assignment and homework.
Alma College (MI) HomeworkHomework is reading lab instructions and answer a few questions.
Andrews University (MI) HomeworkHomework from book "Measurements and their Uncertainties: A practical guide to modern error analysis" by Ifan Hughes and Thomas Hase.
Central Michigan University (MI) HomeworkHomework is one page write up of upcoming lab. Other labs use a python coding assignment. Lab manuals are created in-house. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Delta College (MI) NoneUses online resources "The Physics Classroom" or "PhET" to supplement instruction or preview lab topics.
Grand Rapids Community College (MI) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated).
Grand Valley State University (MI) AssignmentPre-lab questions before main lab and summary questions at the end of lab. These questions are influenced by the book "Tutorials in Introductory Physics", by Lillian C. McDermott and Peter S. Shaffer.
Hope College (MI) HomeworkPre-lab questions come from in-house lab manuals. Response indicated the cost associated with pre-labs for students is a non-zero number.
Jackson College (MI) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated). Students write lab reports.
Kettering University (MI) QuizQuiz via Blackboard.
Kalamazoo College (MI) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated). Small pre-class homework.
Monroe County Community College (MI) None
Michigan State University (MI) AssignmentStudio format (labs & lectures integrated). Pre-lab is completed in-class.
Michigan Technological University (MI) QuizIn-hosue lab manual. Quiz is done out of class, online via Canvas.
Northern Michigan University (MI) Homework, *NoneNo uniform policy about pre-labs. . *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Oakland Univeristy (MI) None
Wayne State (MI) QuizQuiz via online. Quiz answers are discussed at the beginning of lab. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Augsburg College (MN) None
Bethel University (MN) None
Carleton College (MN) None
College of Saint Benedict, Saint John’s University (MN) Quiz1-2 questions in the lab manual that checks if students read the lab and understand the equation needed for lab analysis.
Hamline University (MN) None
Inver Hills Community College (MN) None
Macalester College (MN) QuizRequire students read the lab and answer a few questions about the lab data analysis.
Minnesota State University Moorhead (MN) AssignmentPre-labs ensure students read the lab beforehand and work on example lab calculations.
Normandale Community College (MN) AssignmentPre-labs are an assignment done in class, or sometimes at home. They are updated semester to semester to adapt. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Maryville University (MO) None
Mineral Area College (MO) Homework
Missouri Valley College (MO) QuizQuiz designed in-house that covers topic and details of experiment.
Rockhurst University (MO) Assignment
Southeast Missouri State University (MO) PresentationIn-house lab manuals. 15-20 minute presentation going over lab. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Truman State University (MO) HomeworkPre-lab is available online for students to read. Labs are written in-house and align with each main lab. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Delta State University (MS) Homework Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Jackson State University (MS) HomeworkHomework questions based on the text. Response indicated the cost associated with pre-labs for students is a non-zero number.
Mississippi State University (MS) HomeworkHomework is a set of conceptual questions.
William Carey University (MS) None
Flathead Valley Community College (MT) NoneLabs directly support lecture topic and homework.
University of Montana Helena College (MT) QuizQuiz via Moodle. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (NC) NoneStudents are expected to read the lab beforehand.
Cape Fear Community College (NC) Quiz
Davidson College (NC) QuizQuiz is online via Moodle. Lab manuals created in-house available via Moodle. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Duke University (NC) Homework
East Carolina University (NC) Homework
High Point University (NC) Homework
Isothermal Community College (NC) None
The University of Mount Olive (NC) NoneShort discussion before lab.
North Carolina State University (NC) Homework, *None *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school.
University of North Carolina Asheville (NC) None
University of North Carolina Greensboro (NC) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated).
Western Carolina University (NC) None
University of Nebraska at Kearney (NE) Homework Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Dartmouth College (NH) HomeworkPre-labs assignments are posted on Canvas. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
University of New Hampshire (NH) None
Montclair State University (NJ) None
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJ) None
Rowan University (NJ) NoneStudents are expected to have read lab beforehand.
Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ) HomeworkHomework reviews concepts or has writeup submitted via Canvas.
The College of New Jersey (NJ) QuizQuiz via Canvas. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
New Mexico State University (NM) None
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NM) NoneStudents are asked to read the lab beforehand.
Univeristy of New Mexico (NM) NoneUses the book "Tutorials in Introductory Physics", by Lillian C. McDermott and Peter S. Shaffer, in a separate class.
Western Nevada College (NV) PresentationLecture and assignments serves as pre-lab prep.
Adelphi University (NY) NoneEncouraged to read ahead.
Bard College (NY) None
Binghamton University (NY) None
Buffalo State University (NY) Assignment, *NoneSometimes pre-labs are provided via Blackboard or paper. *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Cornell University (NY) Homework Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
The City University of New York (NY) NoneFree lab manual with YouTube videos that supplement labs.
Farmingdale State College (NY) Quiz
Fordham University (NY) Homework, Quiz"Studio format (labs & lectures integrated). Uses book ""Tutorials in Introductory Physics"", by Lillian C. McDermott and Peter S. Shaffer, in-class. ". Response indicated the cost associated with pre-labs for students is a non-zero number.
Hudson Valley Community College (NY) None
Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY) None
Ithaca College (NY) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated).
Monroe Community College (NY) Quiz
New Paltz (NY) Assignment, *None *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school.
New York University (NY) None
State University of New York at Plattsburgh (NY) None
State University of New York at Potsdam (NY) None
Rochester Institute of Technology (NY) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated).
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated).
The Sages Colleges (NY) HomeworkHomework from the book, "RealTime Physics" by David R. Sokoloff, Ron Thornton, and Priscilla Laws. Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $30.
The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NY) None
Suffolk County Community College (NY) NoneUses post-lab quizzes via Blackboard.
Union College (NY) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated).
United States Military Academy West Point (NY) Assignment
Vassar College (NY) None
Yeshiva University (NY) None
Baldwin Wallace University (OH) Quiz
Case Western Reserve University (OH) None
Cleveland State University (OH) HomeworkPre-lab assignment is included in lab manual. Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $7.
The University of Findlay (OH) QuizShort 3-4 question quiz before lab. Students are provided lab manuals printed using student lab fees. Response indicated the cost associated with pre-labs for students is a non-zero number.
Kent State University (OH) AssignmentStudio format (labs & lectures integrated). Uses the book "RealTime Physics" by David R. Sokoloff, Ron Thornton, and Priscilla Laws.
Marietta College (OH) NoneIn the past used pre-lab from "RealTime Physics" by David R. Sokoloff, Ron Thornton, and Priscilla Laws.
Miami University (OH) None
University of Mount Union (OH) PresentationLecture serves as pre-lab prep.
Ohio University (OH) None
Ohio Northern University (OH) HomeworkHomework is 3-5 questions covering lab theory. Questions are in lab manual. Response indicated the cost associated with pre-labs for students is a non-zero number.
Ohio Wesleyan University (OH) HomeworkHomework is writing a pre-lab that summarizes lab objectives, quantities, physic concepts, and calculations for the lab. Lab manuals are created in-house.
The University of Akron (OH) Quiz
University of Cincinnati (OH) Assignment
The College of Wooster (OH) Quiz, *NoneQuizzes are occasional. Lab manuals are written in-house. *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Xavier University (OH) QuizElectronic quiz.
Northeastern State University (OK) None
Northwestern Oklahoma State University (OK) None
Oklahoma State University (OK) QuizQuiz based on reading from in-house lab manual. Response indicated the cost associated with pre-labs for students is a non-zero number.
Oral Roberts University (OK) HomeworkHomework questions from book "Physics Laboratory Experiments" by Jerry D Wilson and Cecelia A.Hernandez-Hall. This book has been updated many times. Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $60.
Central Oregon Community College (OR) None
Oregon State University (OR) NoneCurrently redoing their labs.
Pacific University Oregon (OR) AssignmentUses the "Workshop Physics" curriculum.
Reed College (OR) Homework Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
University of Oregon (OR) Homework
Arcadia University (PA) HomeworkPre-lab is 3-4 questions to prepare students for main lab. Labs/pre-labs are written in-house. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Bryn Mawr College (PA) HomeworkPre-labs are part of in-house lab manuals. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Carnegie Mellon University (PA) None
Delaware Valley College (PA) None
Dickinson College (PA) HomeworkHomework from "Physics with Vernier" by Kenneth Appel, Clarence Bakken, John Gastineau, Richard Sorensen, and David Vernier.
Drexel University (PA) HomeworkHomework is 3 or 4 questions from a pre-lab write up. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Evangelical Seminary (PA) None
Grove City College (PA) NoneSometimes a brief mini-lecture is given prior to lab.
Harrisburg Area Community College (PA) None
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (PA) Quiz, *NonePre-lab quiz done at-home via D2L Brightspace. Other instructors do post-lab quiz instead. *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school.
Juniata College (PA) Homework, QuizPre-lab homework and quiz are created in-house. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Lafayette College (PA) NoneMay have a short pre-lab lecture.
The Lincoln University (PA) Quiz Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Mansfield University (PA) HomeworkHomework requires a similar lab computation writeup or interpret lab procedures using other sources.
Millersville University (PA) None
Misericordia University (PA) None
The University of Scranton (PA) HomeworkPre-lab is in lab manual that is created in-house. Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $5.
Saint Joseph’s University (PA) HomeworkPre-lab assignment is part of in-house lab manual. Response indicated the cost associated with pre-labs for students is a non-zero number.
Slippery Rock University (PA) None
Villanova University (PA) NoneNo official pre-lab policy.
Widener University (PA) None
Wilkes University (PA) None
Wilson College (PA) None
East Stroudsburg University (PA) None
Brown University (RI) NoneAsk the students to read lab manual beforehand.
Roger Williams University (RI) AssignmentLecture and lab meet back to back. Pre-lab is done in-class and from a in-house lab manual. Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $20.
The Citadel Military College of South Carolina (SC) Quiz, *NoneSome instructors use pre-labs, while others do not. *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school.
College of Charleston (SC) None
Furman University (SC) None
Lander University (SC) PresentationStudents are encouraged to review lab beforehand.
University of South Carolina Beaufort (SC) None
Wofford College (SC) NoneIn the process of implementing a pre-lab.
Dakota State University (SD) QuizLabs are meant to resonate with lecture. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SD) HomeworkPre-lab is assignment covering basic knowledge for main lab. Lab manual is posted online for students. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
University of South Dakota (SD) Presentation15 minute presentation at the beginning of lab.
Austin Peay State University (TN) None
Belmont University (TN) NoneMay be implementing pre-lab soon.
Christian Brothers University (TN) NoneLectures and labs are meant to line up and resonate.
Cumberland University (TN) Homework
East Tennessee State University (TN) None
Middle Tennessee State University (TN) QuizStudio format (labs & lectures integrated). Pre-lab reading quiz via MasteringPhysics.
Rhodes College (TN) Quiz
Southern Adventist University (TN) HomeworkStudents use select chapters from the book "Physics Laboratory Manual" by David Loyd. The rest is written in-house. The pre-labs are similar to ones in this book.
Tennessee Technological University (TN) HomeworkHomework is a set of preliminary questions from in-house written lab manuals. Response indicated the cost associated with pre-labs for students is a non-zero number.
University of Tennessee Chattanooga (TN) HomeworkLab procedure is posted on Blackboard. Homework is a pre-lab write-up. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
University of Tennessee Health, Knoxville (TN) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated). Adding pre-labs soon.
University of Tennessee Martin (TN) None
Union University (TN) None
Vanderbilt University (TN) Homework Response indicated the cost associated with pre-labs for students is a non-zero number.
King University (TN) None
Angelo State University (TX) HomeworkHomework is 6 to 10 questions about theory and summarize main lab question. Lab manuals are published in-house and updated each year. Response indicated the cost associated with pre-labs for students is a non-zero number.
Brookhaven College (TX) HomeworkIn-house lab manual. Pre-lab is a few simple questions to prompt students to read the lab beforehand. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Lone Star College System (TX) Homework
McMurry University (TX) HomeworkPhyslet-based pre-lab assignments submitted via Moodle. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Rice University (TX) None
Richland College (TX) Homework Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Stephen F. Austin State University (TX) None
Sam Houston State University (TX) HomeworkPre-lab questions are included with lab manual. Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $15.
Texas A&M University (TX) HomeworkEntire lab is done via WebAssign.
Texas Christian University (TX) QuizQuiz over material from the lab manual. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Temple College (TX) None
Trinity University (TX) HomeworkLab manuals are created in-house. Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $10.
Texas Southern University (TX) HomeworkSome labs do not have pre-labs. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Texas State University (TX) NoneUses the books "Tutorials in Introductory Physics", by Lillian C. McDermott and Peter S. Shaffer, in-class and for class homework.
University of Dallas (TX) Quiz Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
University of Texas at El Paso (TX) None
Victoria College (TX) NoneMay include pre-labs in the future.
Wayland Baptist University (TX) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated).
West Texas A&M University (TX) HomeworkHomework via Blackboard. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
University of the Virgin Islands (USVI) Quiz
Brigham Young University (UT) Homework, QuizSummarize readings from a online resource, OpenStax, PhET simulation, or a video. Also a short quiz. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Utah State University (UT) NoneShort 15 minute introduction before lab.
University of Utah (UT) HomeworkHomework via CANVAS. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Utah Valley University (UT) Homework
Weber State University (UT) HomeworkLab manual is created in-house. Response indicated the cost associated with pre-labs for students is a non-zero number.
Christopher Newport University (VA) Homework, *None *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school.
James Madison University (VA) NoneUses the book "Tutorials in Introductory Physics", by Lillian C. McDermott and Peter S. Shaffer.
Liberty University (VA) HomeworkUse a custom version of "Physics Laboratory Experiments" by Jerry D Wilson and Cecelia A.Hernandez-Hall . Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $105.7.
Longwood University (VA) None
Radford University (VA) NoneMay include a pre-lab in the future.
University of Richmond (VA) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated).
Randolph-Macon College (VA) Quiz
Roanoke College (VA) HomeworkWorksheets created in-house based on PhET simulations. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
University of Mary Washington (VA) HomeworkNon-graded homework meant to prepare students for lab. Most students prepare before lab.
Virginia Commonwealth University (VA) HomeworkHomework is to create pre-lab write-up. Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $10.
Middlebury College (VT) Homework, *NonePre-labs are designed in-house and align with course and lab. Each instructor writes their own lab and pre-lab. *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Norwich University (VT) None5-10 minute brief introduction at the beginning of class.
Saint Michael’s College (VT) AssignmentIn-house lab manual. Pre-lab assignment and post-lab quiz.
Vermont Technical College (VT) None
Bellevue College (WA) AssignmentCustom lab manual contains pre-lab instruction.
Central Washington University (WA) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated).
Eastern Washington University (WA) Homework, *None *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school.
Gonzaga University (WA) NoneExpect students to read lab handout.
Green River Community College (WA) NoneStudio format (labs & lectures integrated).
North Seattle College (WA) None
Seattle University (WA) HomeworkPre-lab homework created in-house.
Washington State University (WA) NoneMay implement a pre-lab in the future.
University of Washington (WA) Homework, *NoneMoving towards not using pre-labs. *Some instructors may not use pre-labs at this school. Response indicated that costs associated with pre-labs for students is $17.
Edgewood College (WI) None
Lawrence University (WI) HomeworkHomework focuses on calculations so the main lab can focus on results.
Marquette University (WI) HomeworkHomework via D2L. Some are associated with PhET simulations. Response indicated that students do not have to pay anything for pre-labs.
Milwaukee School of Engineering (WI) AssignmentPre-lab is either an exercise from LearnSmart Lab simulations (McGraw-Hill) or from PhET simulations.
University of Wisconsin Colleges (WI) None
University of Wisconsin Green Bay (WI) NoneUses the books "Tutorials in Introductory Physics", by Lillian C. McDermott and Peter S. Shaffer, as the main lab.
University of Wisconsin La Crosse (WI) None
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (WI) NoneEncourage students to read lab manual beforehand.
University of Wisconsin Platteville (WI) None
University of Wisconsin River Falls (WI) AssignmentStudio format (labs & lectures integrated). Uses Pivot Interactives to supplement lab activities. .
University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (WI) NoneLab manual is created in-house and costs 6 or 7 dollars. This is the charge of printing plus one dollar. The extra dollar goes towards the students awards ceremony at the end of the year.
University of Wisconsin Whitewater (WI) None
University of Wisconsin, Madison (WI) QuizQuiz via CANVAS at-home.
Fairmont State University (WV) None30-60 minutes introducing lab and a post-lab quiz.
Marshall University (WV) None
West Virginia State University (WV) HomeworkStudents create a pre-lab write-up before coming to lab.
West Virginia University (WV) NoneUsed the books "Tutorials in Introductory Physics", by Lillian C. McDermott and Peter S. Shaffer, in the past.

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