Argument-Driven Inquiry in Physics, Volume 2: Electricity and Magnetism Lab Investigations for Grades 9–12

by: Todd L. Hutner, Victor Sampson, Adam LaMee, Daniel FitzPatrick, Austin Batson, and Jesus Aguilar-Landaverde

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Are you interested in a three-dimensional approach to helping your high school physics students learn the practices of science, including constructing explanations and engaging in argument from evidence? By using argument-driven inquiry (ADI) for high school physics lab instruction, you can do just that. Argument-Driven Inquiry in Physics, Volume 2 provides the information and instructional materials you need to start using this method right away for electricity and magnetism investigations. The book is a one-stop source of expertise, advice, and lessons to help physics students work the way scientists do.

The book is divided into three parts:

• An introduction to argument-driven inquiry and how to use the labs. You’ll learn about the stages of ADI, from question identification, data analysis, and argument development and evaluation to double-blind peer review and report revision.
• A well-organized series of 17 field-tested labs designed to be much more authentic for instruction than traditional laboratory activities. The labs cover a variety of topics, including electrostatics; electric current, capacitors, resistors, and circuits; and magnetic fields and electromagnetism. Introduction labs acquaint students with new content. Application labs encourage deeper exploration of the use of a theory, law, or unifying concept.
• Helpful appendixes. These range from timeline options to peer-review guides and teacher scoring rubrics—including ones for AP physics.

ADI in Physics, Volume 2 is a follow-up to ADI in Physics, Volume 1: Mechanics Lab Investigations for Grades 9–12. Both are part of the NSTA Press series for ADI in biology, chemistry, life science, and physical science. The authors understand your time constraints, so they designed the books with easy-to-use lab handouts, student pages, teacher notes, and checkout questions. The labs also support three-dimensional instruction, helping students learn the science practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas found in the Next Generation Science Standards. The labs also support student learning of standards in both algebra- and calculus-based AP Physics courses. In addition, they offer ways for students to develop the disciplinary skills outlined in the Common Core State Standards.

Many of today’s high school teachers—like you—are seeking new ways to engage students in science practices and help students learn more from lab activities. ADI in Physics, Volume 2 does all of this while also giving your students the chance to practice reading, writing, speaking, and using math in the context of science.

NSTA Press produces classroom-ready activities, hands-on approaches to inquiry, relevant professional development, the latest scientific education news and research, assessment and standards-based instruction.

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