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written by Ryan L. C. Hazelton, MacKenzie R. Stetzer, Paula R. L. Heron, and Peter S. Shaffer
In teaching electrostatics and electric circuits, it is necessary to introduce abstract ideas such as electric fields and electric potential before discussions of circuits can take place. The Physics Education Group at the University of Washington has found that students in introductory courses can build a functional understanding of some aspects of electric fields and potential, but their understanding of these concepts appears to falter when applied to systems involving conductors. Some specific examples will be discussed. The results will be used to inform the further development of tutorials in electrostatics.
Physics Education Research Conference 2012
Part of the PER Conference series
Philadelphia, PA: August 1-2, 2012
Volume 1513, Pages 166-169
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Electricity & Magnetism
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DOI:
10.1063/1.4789678
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1022449
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01.40.Fk
41.20.Cv
Keywords:
PERC 2012, electric potential difference, electrostatics, voltage
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R. Hazelton, M. Stetzer, P. Heron, and P. Shaffer, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12802&DocID=3336).
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R. Hazelton, M. Stetzer, P. Heron, and P. Shaffer, Investigating student ability to apply basic electrostatics concepts to conductors presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12802&DocID=3336>.
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Hazelton, R., Stetzer, M., Heron, P., & Shaffer, P. (2012, August 1-2). Investigating student ability to apply basic electrostatics concepts to conductors. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved July 25, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12802&DocID=3336
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Hazelton, R, M. Stetzer, P. Heron, and P. Shaffer. "Investigating student ability to apply basic electrostatics concepts to conductors." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, August 1-2, 2012. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12802&DocID=3336 (accessed 25 July 2014).
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Hazelton, Ryan, MacKenzie R. Stetzer, Paula Heron, and Peter Shaffer. "Investigating student ability to apply basic electrostatics concepts to conductors." Physics Education Research Conference 2012. Philadelphia, PA: 2012. 166-169 Vol. 1513 of PER Conference. 25 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12802&DocID=3336>.
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