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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by J. S. Aslanides and Craig M. Savage
We report on a concept inventory for special relativity: the development process, data analysis methods, and results from an introductory relativity class. The Relativity Concept Inventory tests understanding of relativistic concepts. An unusual feature is confidence testing for each question. This can provide additional information; for example, high confidence correlated with incorrect answers suggests a misconception. A novel aspect of our data analysis is the use of Monte Carlo simulations to determine the significance of correlations. This approach is particularly useful for small sample sizes, such as ours. Our results show a gender bias that was not present in course assessment, similar to that reported for the Force Concept Inventory.
Subjects ADS Supplements Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
= Instruments
- Research Design & Methodology
= Statistics
= Validity
Relativity
- Reference Frames
= Inertial
- Special Relativity
= Simultaneity
= Space Contraction
= Time Dilation
- Assessment Material
= Answer Key
= Test
- Reference Material
= Research study
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- Professional/Practitioners
- Educators
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Rights Holder:
American Physical Society
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.9.010118
PACSs:
01.40.Di
01.40.Fk
01.40.gf
Keywords:
Causality, Classical test theory, First postulate, Length contraction, Monte Carlo, RCI, Second postulate, Simultaneity, Time dilation, Velocity Addition
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created July 3, 2013 by Raina Khatri
Record Updated:
July 31, 2013 by Lyle Barbato
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May 9, 2013
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J. Aslanides and C. Savage, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 9 (1), 010118 (2013), WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12883&DocID=3527).
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J. Aslanides and C. Savage, Relativity concept inventory: Development, analysis, and results, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 9 (1), 010118 (2013), <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12883&DocID=3527>.
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Aslanides, J., & Savage, C. (2013, May 9). Relativity concept inventory: Development, analysis, and results. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 9(1), 010118. Retrieved November 24, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12883&DocID=3527
Chicago Format
Aslanides, J. S., and Craig Savage. "Relativity concept inventory: Development, analysis, and results." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 9, no. 1, (May 9, 2013): 010118, http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12883&DocID=3527 (accessed 24 November 2014).
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Aslanides, J. S., and Craig Savage. "Relativity concept inventory: Development, analysis, and results." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 9.1 (2013): 010118. 24 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12883&DocID=3527>.
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