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Retention and Transfer from Trigonometry to Physics 

written by Darryl J. Ozimek, Paula V. Engelhardt, Andrew G. Bennett, and N. Sanjay Rebello

We examined the extent to which students retained and transferred various concepts from trigonometry to physics at the introductory college level. Online trigonometry homework assignments and pre- and post-instruction surveys in physics were our sources of data. Transfer was measured from a traditional as well as two contemporary perspectives. Students seemed to have more difficulty retaining and transferring the unit circle concept compared to others. Transfer was more evident when measured from some contemporary perspectives rather than a traditional perspective.

Published September 1, 2005
Last Modified May 25, 2012

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