Tour the features of Mastering Physics

See how Mastering Physics helps students master key concepts, build problem-solving skills, and improve results.

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Boost student math skills needed for success in physics

Physics Primer

New, available now - The Physics Primer relies on videos, hints, and feedback to refresh students’ math skills in the context of physics and prepares them for success in the course. These tutorials can be assigned before the course begins or throughout the course as just-in-time remediation. They ensure students practice and maintain their math skills, while tying together mathematical operations and physics analysis.

Build conceptual understanding

Help students prepare for lecture

Interactive Pre-lecture videos provide an introduction to key topics with embedded assessment to help students come to class more prepared and to help professors identify student misconceptions.  Watch our video to learn more.

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Guide students through the toughest topics

Tutorials allow students to learn from their mistakes. Hallmark Hints and Feedback offer instruction similar to what students experience in an office hours visit, without being given the answer.

Help students make connections to the real world

PhET tutorials use the interactive research-based simulations from the PhET Group at the University of Colorado, Boulder to help students make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying physics.

Encourage students to learn and apply physics concepts

Direct Measurement Videos

New, available now - These short videos show real situations of physical phenomena that students can use to learn and apply physics concepts. Grids, rulers, and frame-counters appear as overlays on the video, enabling students to make precise measurements of quantities such as position and time.

Students then apply these quantities along with physics concepts to solve problems and answer questions about the motion of the objects in the video. The problems can be used to replace or supplement traditional word problems, or as open-ended questions to help develop problem-solving skills.

Provide quantitative understanding of concepts before class

Quantitative Prelecture Videos

New, available now - Assignable, interactive Quantitative Prelecture Videos complement the Conceptual Prelecture Videos, giving students exposure to concepts before class and helping them learn how problems for a specific concept are worked.

Give students access to their textbook anytime, anywhere

New Pearson eText optimized for mobile

  • The eText mobile app offers offline access and can be downloaded for most iOS and Android phones/tablets from the Apple App Store or Google Play
  • Seamlessly integrated videos and other rich media for select titles
  • Accessible (screen-reader ready)
  • Configurable reading settings, including resizable type and night reading mode
  • Instructor and student note-taking, highlighting, bookmarking, and search

Foster student engagement and peer-to-peer learning

Learning Catalytics™

Learning Catalytics helps you generate class discussion, customize your lecture, and promote peer-to-peer learning with real-time analytics. As a student response tool, Learning Catalytics uses students’ smartphones, tablets, or laptops to engage them in more interactive tasks and thinking.

  • NEW! Upload a full PowerPoint® deck for easy creation of slide questions.
  • NEW! Team names are no longer case sensitive.
  • Help your students develop critical thinking skills.
  • Monitor responses to find out where your students are struggling.
  • Rely on real-time data to adjust your teaching strategy.
  • Automatically group students for discussion, teamwork, and peer-to-peer learning.

Personalize learning for each student

Continuously Adaptive Learning

Do you want to meet your students where they are in the learning process? Thanks to advances in adaptive learning technology, you no longer have to teach as if every student learns in the same way and at the same rate. Based on cognitive science research, Mastering with Adaptive Learning assesses student performance and activity in real time and, using data and analytics, personalizes content to reinforce concepts that target each student’s strengths and weaknesses. Watch our video to learn more.

Dynamic Study Modules

Help students study effectively on their own by continuously assessing their activity and performance in real time. Here's how it works: students complete a set of questions with a unique answer format that also asks them to indicate their confidence level. Questions repeat until the student can answer them all correctly and confidently. Once completed, Dynamic Study Modules explain the concept. These are available as graded assignments prior to class, and accessible on smartphones, tablets, and computers. NEW! Instructors can now remove questions from Dynamic Study Modules to better fit their course. Available for select titles.

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Adaptive Follow-Ups

Adaptive Follow-Up Assignments are based on each student's past performance on their course work to date, including homework, tests, and quizzes. These provide additional coaching and targeted practice as needed, so students can master the material. Available for select titles.

Link from your LMS to Mastering Physics

Link from your LMS to Mastering Physics

Learning Management System (LMS) Integration

You can now link from Blackboard Learn, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas, or Moodle to Mastering Physics.* Access assignments, rosters, and resources, and synchronize grades with your LMS gradebook.

For students, single sign-on provides access to all the personalized learning resources that make studying more efficient and effective.

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*Note that LMS integration is available only for Modified Mastering Physics.

Additional Features

Everything you need in an easy-to-use format

Mastering provides a rich and flexible set of pre-built courses and assignments to get you started quickly. These assets can be used as is or customized to fit your specific teaching needs. The Calendar View on the course home page displays upcoming assignments and due dates, so you can easily stay organized. NEW! Questions are now easier to edit and delete for assignments and courses.

A powerful gradebook

The Mastering gradebook records all scores for automatically graded assignments. Struggling students and challenging assignments are highlighted in red, giving you an at-a-glance view of potential hurdles in the course.

Diagnostics and insights that help you guide the class

Diagnostics within Mastering provide unique insight into class and student performance. With a single click, you can view charts that summarize the most difficult problems, identify vulnerable students, and indicate grade distribution and score improvement over the duration of the course.

Wrong-answer feedback personalized for each student

Using data gathered from all of the students using the program, Mastering offers wrong-answer feedback that is specific to each student. Rather than simply providing feedback of the "right/wrong/try again" variety, Mastering guides students towards the correct final answer without giving the answer away.

Hints that offer clear guidance to students

Mastering provides hints of two types that help students work through, and ultimately solve, problems. Declarative hints provide advice on how to approach the problem, guiding students to the final answer. Socratic hints break a problem down into smaller sub-problems, which makes it easier for students to complete the original problem.

Dynamic, best-in-class content

Mastering is continually improving based on data generated through classroom use, resulting in content that is driven by the performance of actual students. We make corrections to improve problems that have ambiguous answer choices, ineffectual detractors, or tricky language, and continue to strengthen each problem through ongoing review of the data generated by Mastering students.