Pre-post testing will be done using the FCI to look at student understanding of Newton's laws. These will not be done for a grade as the assessment is written in common language so that it really probes student understanding. A score above 60% is considered the threshold of Newtonian thinking. A gain of 30% pre to post is considered a very good result from national studies done using this instrument.
The post-test has been given and results can be seen in attached file below. The gain was 53% pre to post for my two PHY121 classes. This well above the national norm. Additionally it should be noted that the Learning Community (LC) class out performed (though slightly) the normal 121 class. This is even more interesting because the LC class is less prepared mathematically and had a lower pretest score.
From looking at the data changes will be implemented for next semester on how Newton's third law and motion diagrams is presented and will see if that improves scores on those quesitons. These changes resulted in a 30% improvment on these areas on FCI.