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In upper division electricity and magnetism, the manipulation and interpretation of vector functions is pervasive and a significant challenge to students. At CSU San Marcos, using in-class activities adapted from the Oregon State University Paradigms in Physics Curriculum, students' difficulties with vector functions become evident in two types of in-class activities: sketching vector functions and relating vector and scalar functions (e.g., electric field and electric potential). For many students, the cause of these difficulties is a failure to fully distinguish between the components of a vector function and its coordinate variables. To address this difficulty, we implement an additional in-class activity requiring students to translate between graphical and algebraic representations of vector functions. We present our experience with these issues, how to address them, and how in-class activities can provide evidence of student thinking that facilitates curricular refinement.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference Invited Paper series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 27-30
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Electricity & Magnetism
- Electric Fields and Potential
= Electric Field
= Electrostatic Potential and Potential Energy
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- Coordinate Systems
- Vector Algebra
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DOI:
10.1063/1.3679985
NSF Numbers:
0231194
0231032
0618877
1023120
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.gb
Keywords:
Electromagnetism, Graphical Representations, PERC 2011, Sense-making, Upper Division, Vector Functions
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E. Gire and E. Price, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11804&DocID=2654).
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E. Gire and E. Price, Graphical representations of vector functions in upper-division E&M presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11804&DocID=2654>.
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Gire, E., & Price, E. (2011, August 3-4). Graphical representations of vector functions in upper-division E&M. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved July 29, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11804&DocID=2654
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Gire, Elizabeth, and Edward Price. "Graphical representations of vector functions in upper-division E&M." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11804&DocID=2654 (accessed 29 July 2014).
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Gire, Elizabeth, and Edward Price. "Graphical representations of vector functions in upper-division E&M." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 27-30 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference Invited Paper. 29 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11804&DocID=2654>.
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