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written by Jeffrey M. Hawkins, John R. Thompson, Michael C. Wittmann, Eleanor C. Sayre, and Brian W. Frank
We investigate if the visual representation of vectors can affect which methods students use to add them. We gave students one of four questions with different graphical representations, asking students to add the same two vectors. For students in an algebra-based class the arrangement of the vectors had a statistically significant effect on the vector addition method chosen while the addition or removal of a grid did not.
Physics Education Research Conference 2010
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, Oregon: July 21-22, 2010
Volume 1289, Pages 165-168
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10.1063/1.3515188
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0633951
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01.40.Fk
Keywords:
graphical, method, vector addition, vectors, PERC 2010, representation
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J. Hawkins, J. Thompson, M. Wittmann, E. Sayre, and B. Frank, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10442&DocID=1899).
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J. Hawkins, J. Thompson, M. Wittmann, E. Sayre, and B. Frank, Students’ Responses to Different Representations of a Vector Addition Question presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10442&DocID=1899>.
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Hawkins, J., Thompson, J., Wittmann, M., Sayre, E., & Frank, B. (2010, July 21-22). Students’ Responses to Different Representations of a Vector Addition Question. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved April 24, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10442&DocID=1899
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Hawkins, J, J. Thompson, M. Wittmann, E. Sayre, and B. Frank. "Students’ Responses to Different Representations of a Vector Addition Question." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10442&DocID=1899 (accessed 24 April 2014).
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Hawkins, Jeffrey, John Thompson, Michael Wittmann, Eleanor Sayre, and Brian Frank. "Students’ Responses to Different Representations of a Vector Addition Question." Physics Education Research Conference 2010. Portland, Oregon: 2010. 165-168 Vol. 1289 of PER Conference. 24 Apr. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10442&DocID=1899>.
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