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written by Dong-Hai Nguyen, Elizabeth Gire, and N. Sanjay Rebello
Solving problems presented in multiple representations is an important skill for future physicists and engineers. However, such a task is not easy for most students taking introductory physics courses. We conducted teaching/learning interviews with 20 students in a first-semester calculus-based physics course on several topics in introductory mechanics. These interviews helped identify the common difficulties students encountered when solving physics problems posed in multiple representations as well as the hints that help students overcome those difficulties. We found that most representational difficulties arise due to the lack of students' ability to associate physics knowledge with corresponding mathematical knowledge. Based on those findings, we developed, tested and refined a set of problem-solving exercises to help students learn to solve problems in graphical and equational representations. We present our findings on students' common difficulties with graphical and equational representations, the problem-solving exercises and their impact on students' problem solving abilities.
Physics Education Research Conference 2010
Part of the PER Conference Invited Paper series
Portland, Oregon: July 21-22, 2010
Volume 1289, Pages 45-48
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- Active Learning
= Problem Solving
- Curriculum Development
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- Mathematics
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10.1063/1.3515244
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0816207
PACS:
01.40.Fk
Keywords:
PERC 2010, focus group interview, physics education research, problem solving, representation, teaching interview
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D. Nguyen, E. Gire, and N. Rebello, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10380&DocID=1853).
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D. Nguyen, E. Gire, and N. Rebello, Facilitating Students’ Problem Solving across Multiple Representations in Introductory Mechanics presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10380&DocID=1853>.
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Nguyen, D., Gire, E., & Rebello, N. (2010, July 21-22). Facilitating Students’ Problem Solving across Multiple Representations in Introductory Mechanics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved September 2, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10380&DocID=1853
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Nguyen, D, E. Gire, and N. Rebello. "Facilitating Students’ Problem Solving across Multiple Representations in Introductory Mechanics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10380&DocID=1853 (accessed 2 September 2014).
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Nguyen, Dong-Hai, Elizabeth Gire, and N. Sanjay Rebello. "Facilitating Students’ Problem Solving across Multiple Representations in Introductory Mechanics." Physics Education Research Conference 2010. Portland, Oregon: 2010. 45-48 Vol. 1289 of PER Conference Invited Paper. 2 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10380&DocID=1853>.
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