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American Journal of Physics
written by Sylvie Rainson, G. Tranströmer, and Laurence Viennot
In this article an analysis of the difficulties experienced by students when applying the principle of superposition to electric fields is presented. A study of university level students in France and Sweden revealed the existence of difficulties arising out of two issues: (1) a causal interpretation of some relationships, (2) the student's need for an effect, motion of some kind, to accept the existence of a field. The links between these obstacles and a lack of a unified view on electric phenomena are discussed from a pedagogical point of view.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 62, Issue 11, Pages 1026-1032
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4818843
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10.1119/1.17701
Keywords:
EDUCATIONAL TOOLS, ELECTRIC CHARGES, ELECTRIC FIELDS, ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS, ELECTROSTATICS, VECTOR FIELDS
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S. Rainson, G. Tranströmer, and L. Viennot, Am. J. Phys. 62 (11), 1026 (1994), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.17701).
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S. Rainson, G. Tranströmer, and L. Viennot, Students' understanding of superposition of electric fields Am. J. Phys. 62 (11), 1026 (1994), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.17701>.
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Rainson, S., Tranströmer, G., & Viennot, L. (1994, November 1). Students' understanding of superposition of electric fields. Am. J. Phys., 62(11), 1026-1032. Retrieved July 28, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.17701
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Rainson, S, G. Tranströmer, and L. Viennot. "Students' understanding of superposition of electric fields." Am. J. Phys. 62, no. 11, (November 1, 1994): 1026-1032, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.17701 (accessed 28 July 2014).
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Rainson, Sylvie, G Tranströmer, and Laurence Viennot. "Students' understanding of superposition of electric fields." Am. J. Phys. 62.11 (1994): 1026-1032. 28 July 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.17701>.
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