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written by Elizabeth Gire and Edward Price
We use the theory of conceptual blending with material anchors to describe how people make meaning of the vector arrows representation of electric fields. We describe this representation as a conceptual blend of a spatial (coordinate) input space and an electric-field-as-arrows space (which itself is a blend of electric field concept with arrows). This representation possesses material features including the use of spatial extent (e.g., distance on paper) to represent the coordinate space and to represent the magnitude of electric field vectors. As a result, this representation supports a geometric interpretation of the electric field, breaking the field into components, and the addition of two fields at a point. The material features also emphasize the spatial relationships between the source(s) and points where the field is represented. However, the material features also necessitate sampling and do not generally support the rapid superposition of two fields at all points. We illustrate this analysis with examples from clinical problem-solving interviews with upper-division physics majors, and interpret students' errors in using this representation as resulting from conflict between the input spaces in the blend.
Physics Education Research Conference 2012
Part of the PER Conference series
Philadelphia, PA: August 1-2, 2012
Volume 1513, Pages 150-153
Subjects ADS Supplements Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Learning Theory
= Cognitive Modeling
= Representations
- Problem Solving
= Representational Use
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electric Fields and Potential
= Electric Field
Mathematical Tools
- Problem-Solving Techniques
= Superposition
- Vector Algebra
- Reference Material
= Research study
PER-Central Type Levels Ratings
- PER Literature
- Upper Undergraduate
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DOI:
10.1063/1.4789674
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1023120
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01.40.-d
01.40.Ha
Keywords:
Conceptual Blending, Electric Field Vectors, Material Anchors, PERC 2012, Representational Fluency, electrostatics
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E. Gire and E. Price, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12795&DocID=3330).
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E. Gire and E. Price, Arrows as anchors: Conceptual blending and student use of electric field vector arrows, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12795&DocID=3330>.
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Gire, E., & Price, E. (2012, August 1-2). Arrows as anchors: Conceptual blending and student use of electric field vector arrows. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved October 23, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12795&DocID=3330
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Gire, Elizabeth, and Edward Price. "Arrows as anchors: Conceptual blending and student use of electric field vector arrows." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, August 1-2, 2012. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12795&DocID=3330 (accessed 23 October 2014).
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Gire, Elizabeth, and Edward Price. "Arrows as anchors: Conceptual blending and student use of electric field vector arrows." Physics Education Research Conference 2012. Philadelphia, PA: 2012. 150-153 Vol. 1513 of PER Conference. 23 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12795&DocID=3330>.
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