A Summary of Students' Mental Models and Their Applications in Contexts Pertaining to Newton's II law Documents
A Summary of Students' Mental Models and Their Applications in Contexts Pertaining to Newton's II law
Salomon F. Itza-Ortiz and
N. Sanjay Rebello
We investigated students' use of Newton's II law in mechanics and electricity and magnetism contexts. We interviewed 16 students in a two-semester calculus-based physics course. We found students' answers are consistent with two principal mental models and a combination of these two. We explore whether the students who use Newton's Second Law in mechanics contexts continue to do so in electricity and magnetism.
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Published August 7, 2002
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