Physics Union Mathematics (PUM) Workshop

Rutgers University June 24th –28th

  To learn more what PUM is visit http://pum.rutgers.edu

Rutgers invites high school physics teachers, physical science teachers, and middle school physical science teachers to spend a week in June learning how to implement Physics Union Mathematics (PUM) curriculum modules (kinematics, dynamics, momentum, energy,  electrostatics, and DC circuits). 

In the classrooms using PUM modules students learn physics by engaging in practices similar to that of physicists constructing and applying knowledge. PUM focuses on mathematical reasoning that strengthens students’ reasoning abilities in both math and physics. Students learning physics through PUM engage in active explorations of physical phenomena. They learn to collect data and to represent them in multiple ways, to use proportional reasoning to find patterns in the data, to explain them and to test their explanations in new experiments. They work in groups designing their own experiments and have ample opportunities to pose and answer their own questions. PUM materials help teachers build a learning community in the classroom. 

PUM modules contain lesson activities, homework questions, daily quiz questions and final tests. They use simple equipment that any school is likely to have. In case of the lack of needed equipment, Rutgers has a small lending library. The modules work with any textbook and can be implemented “as is” or used to supplement any materials that the teacher already uses. Part of the PUM materials are videos of the physics experiments on the award winning website Rutgers Physics Teaching Technology Resource http://paer.rutgers.edu/pt3. The modules make use of another award winning website http://phet.colorado.edu. 

During the workshop the participants will:

·      Improve their understanding of physics content, process, and specifically different productive representations such as motion diagrams, force diagrams, energy bar charts, graphs, and mathematical representations.

·      Improve their understanding of student ideas and productive ways to help students learn.

·      Learn about PUM philosophy and general module structure.

·      Do most of the module activities for the modules kinematics, dynamics, momentum, energy, and electrostatics (including design labs) and reflect on the process.

During the subsequent school year the participants will:

·      meet every two months to discuss their class progress

·      have a listserv to share their ideas, questions, etc.


Who:  The workshop will be led by Rutgers faculty R. Zisk and S. Brahmia and NJ high school and middle school teachers who participate in the development of the PUM modules and use them in their instruction (D. Bugge, C. D’Amato, J. Finley, and many others).

When and Where: The workshop will run from 9 am to 4 pm Monday June 24th through June 28th  at the Graduate School of Education, room 25A. 

Cost: FREE. Lunch is not included, but we will have coffee and pastries in the mornings.

Parking: The participants will have a permit for the week of the workshop.

Your administration is welcome to visit any time but the best time is the morning of the first day of the workshop.


·      If you want to learn more about PUM, please visit http://pum.rutgers.edu

PUM Rutgers 2013 Workshop Participant Application Form