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Student Understanding Of Gravitational Potential Energy And The Motion Of Bodies In A Gravitational Field 

written by Michael E. Loverude

We have been investigating student understanding of energy concepts in the context of introductory courses for non-science majors as well as those for science and engineering majors. We have found that many students develop incomplete and incorrect understandings of the concept of gravitational potential energy. Moreover, students often have incorrect notions about the motion of bodies under the influence of gravity. These incorrect beliefs may prevent the development of a coherent understanding of energy as a conserved quantity.

Published September 1, 2005
Last Modified July 8, 2013

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