TIPERs: Sensemaking Tasks for Introductory Physics © 2015

Designed to supplement algebra- or calculus-based physics classes, TIPERs: Sensemaking for Introductory Physics, published by Pearson, provides students a qualitative understanding of the concepts, principles, and relationships of physics.

  • Connects the physical rules of the universe with the math used to express them
  • Promote sensemaking by determining relevant information and equations
  • Fits the 2015 MCAT teaching standards
  • Perforated pages so students can easily submit work

Supplemental Physics Workbook

Present physics students with a clear explanation of how concepts in math and physics relate to one another.


Students who work through the TIPERs study guide will be able to achieve a two-pronged goal: solve for unknown quantities in a given problem and understand the physics.


Our supplemental science workbook covers all the major topics in physics, including classical mechanics, wave motion, fluids, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics, sound, and modern physics.

High School Physics Teaching Solutions

  • Testing Formats
  • Work Through the Problem
      TIPERs: Sensemaking for Introductory Physics provides 10 different testing formats:
      • Bar Chart Tasks (BCT)
      • Changing Representation Tasks (CRT)
      • Comparison Tasks (RT)
      • Linked Multiple Choice Tasks (LMCT)
      • Qualitative Reasoning Tasks (QRT)
      • Ranking Tasks (RT)
      • Student Contention Tasks (SCT)
      • Troubleshooting Tasks (TT)
      • What’s Wrong Tasks (WWT)
      • Working Backwards Tasks (WBT)

    Most of these test types ask students to provide an explanation on top of their answer to the question.


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More Information About TIPERs Sensemaking Tasks for Introductory Physics

  • Authors’ Bio
    Since 1991, Curtis Hieggelke, David Maloney, Thomas O’Kuma, and Stephen Kanim have led over 35 workshops in which educators learned how to use and develop TIPERs. Many of these workshops were part of the Two-Year College Physics Workshop Project (supported by seven grants from the National Science Foundation and co-directed by Hieggelke and O’Kuma), which has offered a series of more than 60 professional development workshops for over 1,200 participants of two-year college and high school physics teachers. Working with Alan Van Heuvelen and Thomas O’Kuma, Maloney and Hieggelke also developed the Conceptual Survey of Electricity and Magnetism, which has become a standard instrument for measuring electricity and magnetism conceptual gains in introductory physics courses. The American Physical Society gave the 2009 Excellence in Physics Education Award to Hieggelke, Maloney, and O’Kuma, in part for their work on TIPERs. This is the fifth book for Maloney and Hieggelke dealing with curriculum materials based on Physics Education Research (PER).
  • Table of Contents
    1. Vectors
    2. Motion in One Dimension
    3. Motion in Two Dimensions
    4. Newton’s Laws
    5. Work and Energy
    6. Momentum and Impulse
    7. Rotation
    8. Oscillatory Motion
    9. Density
    10. Fluids
    11. Heat and Temperature
    12. Electrostatics
    13. Circuits
    14. Magnetism
    15. Waves
    16. Optics
    17. Sound
    18. Modern Physics

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