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A Summary of Students' Mental Models and Their Applications in Contexts Pertaining to Newton's II law Documents

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A Summary of Students' Mental Models and Their Applications in Contexts Pertaining to Newton's II law 

written by 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.

Published August 7, 2002
Last Modified March 19, 2009

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