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written by Tianren Wang and Eleanor C. Sayre
In this paper, we report on the impact that slight changes in question format have on student response to one-dimensional vector subtraction tasks. We use Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE) analysis to analyze students' responses on six very similar questions which vary in context (physics or mathematics), vector alignment (both pointing to the right or opposed), and operation (left-right subtraction or right-left subtraction). Responses on all questions are generally correct and do not vary by instructional week or even by course. Context and specific operation do not show significant differences. Vector alignment is significantly different, indicating that perception or heuristic thinking is a bigger cause of failure than conceptual deficit. The emphasis in this paper is an introduction to likelihood estimation.
Physics Education Research Conference 2010
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, Oregon: July 21-22, 2010
Volume 1289, Pages 329-332
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10.1063/1.3515236
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0941378
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01.40.Fk
01.30.Cc
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maximum likelihood estimation, PERC 2010, vectors
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T. Wang and E. Sayre, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10496&DocID=1952).
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T. Wang and E. Sayre, Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE) of students’ understanding of vector subtraction, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10496&DocID=1952>.
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Wang, T., & Sayre, E. (2010, July 21-22). Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE) of students’ understanding of vector subtraction. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved December 19, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10496&DocID=1952
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Wang, Tianren, and Eleanor Sayre. "Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE) of students’ understanding of vector subtraction." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10496&DocID=1952 (accessed 19 December 2014).
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Wang, Tianren, and Eleanor Sayre. "Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE) of students’ understanding of vector subtraction." Physics Education Research Conference 2010. Portland, Oregon: 2010. 329-332 Vol. 1289 of PER Conference. 19 Dec. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10496&DocID=1952>.
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