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Faculty - Michael C. Wittmann

Michael C. WittmannMichael C. Wittmann
Department Chair and Associate Professor of Physics
and Cooperating Associate Professor
of Education

  • 1993  B.S., Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • 1996  M.S., University of Maryland, College Park
  • 1998  Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park

Office: 117 Bennett

Phone #: (207)581-1015

EMail Link: wittmann@umit.maine.edu

Research Interest:

  • Physics Education Research (PERL)

Research Projects:

  • Development, dissemination, and evaluation of the New Model Course in Applied Quantum Physics
  • Outside evaluator of Real-Time Physics and Interactive Lecture Demonstrations dissemination project
  • Project Director in Physics and Astronomy for the University of Maine Center for Research in Science and Mathematics Education

For most recent vita, click here (PDF)

Web Links:

Publications:

Textbooks/Workbooks

  1. Wittmann, M.C., Steinberg, R.N., and Redish, E.F. (2005) Activity-Based Tutorials Vol 2: Modern Physics. New York: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
  2. Wittmann, M.C., Steinberg, R.N., and Redish, E.F. (2004) Activity-Based Tutorials Vol 1: Introductory Physics. New York: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Recent Peer-reviewed papers

  1. Springuel, R.P., Thompson, J.R., and Wittmann, M.C. (2009), “How different is ‘not the same’?” under review at Physical Review Special Topics Physics Education Research.
  2. McCann, K., and Wittmann, M.C. (2009) “The role of sign in students’ modeling signs of scalar equations,” accepted for publication in The Physics Teacher. Expected publish date, Fall, 2009
  3. Sayre, E.C. and Wittmann, M.C. (2008) “The plasticity of intermediate mechanics students’ coordinate system choice,” Physical Review Special Topics Physics Education Research 4 020105. Available at http://prst- per.aps.org/abstract/PRSTPER/v4/i2/e020105.
  4. Smith, T.I. and Wittmann, M.C. (2008) “Toward a more effective use of the Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation,” Physical Review Special Topics Physics Education Research 4, 020101. Available at http://prst-per.aps.org/abstract/PRSTPER/v4/i2/e020101.
  5. Wittmann, M.C. and Thompson, J.R. (2007) “Integrated approaches in physics education: A graduate level course in physics, pedagogy, and education research,” accepted for publication in the American Journal of Physics. Draft version available online at http://www.arxiv.org/abs/physics/0608240.
  6. Springuel, R.P., Thompson, J.R., and Wittmann, M.C. (2007) “Applying clustering to statistical analysis of student reasoning about two-dimensional kinematics,” Physical Review Special Topics Physics Education Research 3, 020107. Available at http://prst-per.aps.org/abstract/PRSTPER/v3/i2/e020107.


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