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1 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example questions 1 We use a subset of these questions in our workshops to let participants browse different types of questions. Visit for our other workshop handouts (look for Workshop Materials).http://STEMclickers.colorado.edu Visti and for additional clicker questions in the sciences from our course transformation effortshttp://www.colorado.edu/sei/fac-resources/course-archives.htm We use a subset of these questions in our workshops to let participants browse different types of questions. Visit for our other workshop handouts (look for Workshop Materials).http://STEMclickers.colorado.edu Visti and for additional clicker questions in the sciences from our course transformation effortshttp://www.colorado.edu/sei/fac-resources/course-archives.htm

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4 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example question: Astronomy 4 You look to the eastern horizon as the Moon is rising and discover that it is in the new moon phase. Later that same day when the moon is setting, which of the moon phases shown below would the Moon have looked like? Center for Astronomy Education, Ed Prather

5 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. What do you think is most interesting about this picture? A) lunar eclipse B) solar eclipse C) cloud blocking the Sun D) sunspots E) other 5 Astronomy Picture of the Day 2011 January 5 discover

6 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Jupiter Earth The Sun (A) (B) (C) (D) I need more information Let’s think about the density of non-uniform objects. Which has the largest average density? (Cynthia Heiner) 6 Earth Example question: Astronomy

7 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Astronomy If this is the phase of the Moon when it rises: what is the phase of the Moon 12 hours later? 7 (Prather) AB D C E

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9 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. 9 Superpowers Which superpower would you rather have? The ability to… A. Change the mass of things B. Change the charge of things C. Change the magnetization of things D. Change the boiling point of things Question: Ian Beatty, UMass-Amherst Image: Thibault fr on Wikimedia This is an example of a “no one right answer” question. What is the goal? How “deep” is this question?

10 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Physics Susan throws a ball straight up into the air. It goes up and then falls back into her hand 2 seconds later. Draw a graph showing the velocity of the ball from the moment it leaves her hand until she catches it again. 10 time velocity 2 sec0 (UBC CWSEI)

11 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. time velocity 2 sec0 A time velocity 2 sec0 B time velocity 2 sec0 C time velocity 2 sec0 D E) some other graph Physics Which one is the closest match to your graph? (UBC CWSEI)

12 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Physics John is walking to school. This graph shows his position as a function of time. When is John moving with the greatest velocity? 12 time position ABCDE (UBC CWSEI)

13 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example question: Physics 13 The pie graph shows the energy of the Skater, where could she be on the track? A B C D E PE KE Kathy Perkins, CU Boulder

14 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. 14 Example question: Physics You’re on a cart, initially at rest, throwing balls at a partition that is rigidly mounted on the front of the cart. If the balls bounce straight back, as in the figure, then is the cart put in motion? A. Yes, left B. Yes, right C. No D. Don’t know Eric Mazur, “Peer Instruction”

15 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example question: Physics About how close is a thunderstorm if you hear the thunder 6 seconds after hearing the lightening flash? (The speed of sound is 344 m/s) A. 0 km B. 1 km C. 2 km D. 6 km E. None of these 15 Steven Pollock, CU-Boulder

16 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. A ball is rolling around the inside of a circular track. The ball leaves the track at point P. Which path does the ball follow? 16 Physics P A B C D E Eric Mazur, “Peer Instruction”

17 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Physics / Perception Suppose you pass white light through a prism and all of the colours of the spectrum are projected on a screen. If you then put a red filter over your eye and look at the spectrum, what colours do you see? A) you see mostly red light; the blue and green disappears B) you see mostly blue light; the other colours disappear C) all of the colours turn red 17 (Duncan)

18 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example Question: Physics Boiling occurs when the vapor pressure of a liquid equals the atmospheric pressure. In the high altitude city of Denver, is the boiling point of water A. <100 C B. 100 C C. >100 C 18 Origin unknown

19 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example Question: Physics The sky appears to be blue during the day because A. Air absorbs blue light less than other frequencies (i.e., acts like a blue filter). B. Air molecules emit blue light after being struck by sunlight. C. The sky reflects blue light from the oceans. D. The temperature high in the Earth’s upper atmosphere is 1000 K. E. None of the above. 19 Bill Gerace, UMass Amherst

20 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example Question: Physics A block m sits on a rough surface, with a spring attached and extended. As the block moves up the incline a small distance, how many forces are exerted on the block? A. One force B. Two forces C. Three forces D. Four forces E. Five forces F. Six forces G. Seven forces H. More than seven forces I. Impossible to determine J. None of the above 20 Bill Gerace, UMass Amherst

21 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example Question: Physics In which of the following situations is the object accelerating? Choose ALL that apply; enter “0” for “none”. A. A car slowing down at a stop sign B. A ball being swung in a circle at constant speed C. A vibrating string D. The Moon orbiting the Earth E. A skydiver falling at terminal speed F. An astronaut in an orbiting space station G. A ball rolling down a hill H. A person driving down a straight section of highway at I. Constant speed with her foot on the accelerator J. A molecule in the floor of this room 21 Bill Leonard, UMass Amherst

22 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example Question: Physics Which of the following are ambiguous? Choose ALL that apply. A. Origin B. Function C. Equilibrium D. f(x) E. x F. M G. sin-1(x) H. Relationship I. Power J. None of these 22 Bill Leonard, UMass Amherst

23 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example Question: Physics 23 Bill Gerace, UMass Amherst

24 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example Question: Physics 24 Bill Gerace, UMass Amherst

25 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example Question: Physics 25 Bill Gerace, UMass Amherst A child is standing at the rim of a disk holding a rock. The disk rotates freely without friction. At the instant shown, the child throws the rock radially outward. Which of the indicated paths most nearly represents the trajectory of the rock as seen from above? 6. None of the above 7. Cannot be determined

26 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example Question: Physics 26 Bill Gerace, UMass Amherst The diagrams below show two uniformly charged spheres. The charge on the right sphere is 3 times as large as the charge on the left sphere. Which force diagram best represents the magnitudes and directions of the electric forces on the two spheres? A.D. B.E. C.

27 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example Question: Physics [Context: Students have been shown how to connect two forks to a quarter, and balance the assembly counterintuitively on the edge of a cup. After experimenting with this for a bit:] Make a drawing of the top view of the arrangement of 2 forks, 1 quarter, and 1 cup. [after drawing:] Which drawing below most closely resembles yours? A.C. B. D. None of these 27 Bill Leonard, UMass Amherst

28 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example Question: Physics If you want to do as little work as possible while carrying a heavy box, should you be careful not to let it move up and down at all as you walk? A. Yes B. No C. It depends 28 Ian Beatty, UMass Amherst

29 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example Question: Physics Two identical steel balls are released from rest from the same height and travel along tracks as shown and labeled below. Which ball reaches the end of its track first? A. The ball on track A. B. The ball on track B. C. Neither; it's a tie. D. Not enough information. 29 A B Bill Gerace, UMass Amherst, and

30 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example Question: Physics To minimize the work you do getting a heavy bag of groceries from the first floor to the second floor of a building, should you A. carry the bag up the stairs? B. carry the bag up in an elevator? C. put the bag on the floor of an elevator, ride up with it, and then pick up the bag again? D. carry the bag up a ramp? E. put the bag in a cart and push it up a ramp? 30 Bill Gerace, UMass Amherst

31 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example Question: Physics 31 Consider… 1.Mechanics 2.Depth 3.Goals Consider… 1.Mechanics 2.Depth 3.Goals Bill Leonard, UMass Amherst

32 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example Question: Physics Which of the following are you least comfortable using to solve problems? A. Kinematics B. Newton’s Laws C. Work-Energy Theorem D. Momentum-Impulse Theorem E. Angular Momentum-Angular Impulse Theorem 32 Ian Beatty, UMass Amherst

33 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Example Question: Physics A simple pendulum is released from rest with the string at an angle A. It swings back and forth with frequency f. The angle θ that the string makes with the vertical as a function of time can be described by the equation θ(t)=Acos(2∏ft).Which of the following equations might describe a real pendulum whose oscillations gradually die out as time passes? (“B” is some constant.) A. θ(t)=Acos(2∏ft) B. θ(t)=Acos(2∏f√t) C. θ(t)=Acos 2 (2∏ft) D. θ(t)=Ae -Bt cos(2∏ft) E. θ(t)=Acos(2∏fe -Bt t) F. θ(t)=Acos(2∏ft)–Bt G. None of the above 33 Ian Beatty, UMass Amherst

34 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Physics An ice cube is floating in a glass of water that is filled entirely to the brim. As the ice cube melts, the water level will 34 A)stay the same, remain at the brim. B)rise, causing the water to spill. C)fall to a level below the brim. D)cannot say without knowing the density of ice. (UBC CWSEI)

35 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Physics If you lower a 1.5 kg mass on a string into a 5 kg beaker filled with water, what happens to the reading on the scale? A) increases to 6.5 kg B) increases to a value < 6.5 kg C) increases to a value > 6.5 kg D) stay the same 35 (UBC CWSEI)

36 Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. Science Education Initiative, CU-Boulder. Physics: Demo prediction A.It will keep on coming out, flowing the same as before B.It will keep coming out, but it will flow a bit slower than before C.It will keep coming out, but start to flow upwards D.It will keep coming out, flowing horizontally with the falling cup E.It will stop flowing A cup filled with water has a hole in the side through which the liquid is flowing out. If the cup is dropped for a height, what will happen to the water flowing from the cup? (Cynthia Heiner) 36


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