Brian A. Pyper

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Brian A. Pyper Papers and Presentations


Papers and Presentations

o B.A. Pyper, K.Gray and B. Petersen, "Design and Construction of a Broadband EMP Generator" BYU Spring Research Conference 1989

o B.A. Pyper, et. al, "Pulsed Nozzle designs for Supercritical Fluid Gas Chromatography/Supersonic Jet Laser Spectroscopy Systems" BYU Micro ACS Spring 1990

o B.A. Pyper, "A Visual Analysis of Palladium Expansion Under Hydrogen Loading." MS Thesis, University of Utah (1995)

o B.A. Pyper, "The Many Wonders of e." Presented at Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3) conference, Philadelphia, PA (1997)

o B.W. Miller, J.L. Kay and B.A. Pyper, "Spreadsheets in the Introductory Physics Lab." Presented at the 44th Idaho Academy of Science meeting, Rexburg, ID (2002)

o B.A. Pyper, D. Peak, "Spreadsheets for Enhanced Engagement in the Introductory Physics Lab." Presented at 125th annual AAPT meeting, Boise, ID (2002) (Boise Talk ppt)

o B.A. Pyper, D. Peak, "Evaluating the Effect of Spreadsheets in the Introductory Physics Lab on Students' Attitudes and Understanding." Presented at 126th annual AAPT meeting, Austin, TX (2003) (Austin Talk ppt)

o B.A. Pyper, D. Peak, "The Role of Technology in Teaching Physics: Spreadsheets to Enhance Engagement and Enjoyment in the Introductory Physics Lab." Presented at 127th annual AAPT meeting, Madison, WI (2003)

o B.A. Pyper, R.G. Fuller, "An Historical Perspective on Research in Physics Education." Poster presented at 127th annual AAPT meeting, Madison, WI (2003) (PER History poster ppt)

o L. Kunkel, M. Balls and B.A. Pyper, "A Study of Gender and Cross-Discipline Conceptual Physics Understanding." Presented at the 46th Idaho Academy of of Science meeting, Pocatello, ID (2004) (RISE presentation ppt)

o B.A. Pyper, "Physics Education Research: History and Methods -  Studying Electronic Media." Colloquium presented at Utah State University (2003) (PER Colloq pdf)

o B.A. Pyper, "Evaluating the Impact of the Use of Spreadsheets in the Introductory Physics Lab on Student Engagement and Enjoyment." PhD Dissertation, Utah State University (2003) (dissertation pdf)

o Gender effects in Context: Physics vs Chemistry (w/ L. Kunkel and M. Ball, AAPT Summer meeting 2005)

o Do they Know if they Know? (w/ F. Plasil, AAPT UT/ID 2005 section meeting, APS NW section meeting 2005)

o Threatened by Gender? (w/ C. Humpherys, AAPT section, summer meetings 2006, APS 4Corners section meeting 2006)

o Why are you in Physics Anyway? (w/ S. Thompson, AAPT section meeting, APS NW section meeting 2006)

o Do you know when you know? II (w/ S. Gardner and A. Brighton, AAPT section meeting, AAPT summer meeting 2006)

o Does it Matter Where You Sit? (w/ S. Thompson, PERC 2006)

o "Why  Physics is Hard" (w/ C. Humpherys, PERC 2007) (why physics is hard pdf)

o Report of the FFPER 2007 International PER Working Group, Genaro Zavala and Brian Pyper, APS Forum on Education Spring 2008 Newsletter, online at

o Can Scientific Reasoning Ability and Epistemological Beliefs Limit Success in Introductory Physics? (w/ L. Jenks. M. Klingler and A. Shaffer, 2008 AAPT UT/ID section meeting, April APS meeting, APSNW meeting) (Reasoning and Concepts pdf)

o Best Practices in Physics Demonstrations (AAPT UT/ID Section Meeting Boise March 2008, APSNW meeting Portland May 2008) (Boise demo talk pdf)

o PER in Polynesia (AAPT Winter 2009 Meeting Chicago, 2009 PERC) PER in Polynesia

o A Physics Teacher Goes to Washington, Guest editorial, The Physics Teacher, 48(4) April 2010, p.214

o The Five Pillars of Attitudes in Physics Learning (w/Allison Saunders Spring 2011 BYUI SRC)

o Diagnosing More than Knowledge (w/ Jaren Olsen BYUI Spring 2011 SRC)

o Changing Scientific Reasoning and Conceptual Understanding in College Students, Proceedings of the 2011 Physics Education Research Conference, AIP, pp.63-65

o Item Response Theory in PER (W/ Chase Goddard) (APSNW Section Meeting Fall 2011 – Corvallis)

o PER (Physics Education Research) 101 (Colloquium address – BYU-Provo Oct 2012) PER 101 talk

o Conceptual Understanding Relies on Reasoning Ability (AAPT 2013 Winter meeting, New Orleans)