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written by Chandralekha Singh and Alexandru Maries
An important goal of graduate physics core courses is to help students develop expertise in problem solving and improve their reasoning and meta-cognitive skills. We explore the conceptual difficulties of physics graduate students by administering conceptual problems on topics covered in undergraduate physics courses before and after instruction in related first year core graduate courses. Here, we focus on physics graduate students' difficulties manifested by their performance on two qualitative problems involving diagrammatic representation of vector fields. Some graduate students had great difficulty in recognizing whether the diagrams of the vector fields had divergence and/or curl but they had no difficulty computing the divergence and curl of the vector fields mathematically. We also conducted individual discussions with various faculty members who regularly teach first year graduate physics core courses about the goals of these courses and the performance of graduate students on the conceptual problems after related instruction in core courses.
Physics Education Research Conference 2012
Part of the PER Conference series
Philadelphia, PA: August 1-2, 2012
Volume 1513, Pages 382-385
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- Student Characteristics
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- Vector Calculus
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© 2012 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.4789732
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha
Keywords:
PERC 2012, conceptual understanding, graduate student, qualitative understanding
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C. Singh and A. Maries, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12858&DocID=3390).
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C. Singh and A. Maries, Core graduate courses: A missed learning opportunity? presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12858&DocID=3390>.
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Singh, C., & Maries, A. (2012, August 1-2). Core graduate courses: A missed learning opportunity?. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved September 2, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12858&DocID=3390
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Singh, Chandralekha, and Alexandru Maries. "Core graduate courses: A missed learning opportunity?." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, August 1-2, 2012. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12858&DocID=3390 (accessed 2 September 2014).
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Singh, Chandralekha, and Alexandru Maries. "Core graduate courses: A missed learning opportunity?." Physics Education Research Conference 2012. Philadelphia, PA: 2012. 382-385 Vol. 1513 of PER Conference. 2 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12858&DocID=3390>.
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