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written by Leith D. Allen
This research studies students' functional understanding of magnetic induction, the process by which changing magnetic flux induces electrical current in a circuit. Functional understanding includes the ability to reason both qualitatively and quantitatively about a concept, as well as to translate among multiple representations of the concept. Since this phenomenon has many applications, such as in power generators, microphones, seismometers, and automobile alternators, it is important that students gain some understanding of it from their physics courses. However, this research shows that over half of the students in an introductory physics course for engineers cannot correctly answer conceptual problems about induction on their final exam. There are a number of theoretical reasons why the topic of magnetic induction might be difficult for students to learn. It is comprised of multiple inter-related abstract quantities that are inherently three-dimensional and that are changing in time. In order to improve instruction on these difficult topics, it is necessary to study student learning in detail. Instructional materials have been developed and studied along with initial- and final-states of student understanding.
University: The Ohio State University
Academic Department:  Physics
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Problem Solving
- Curriculum Development
= Laboratory
Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
Electricity & Magnetism
- Inductance
- Graduate/Professional
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2001 Lieth Allen
Keywords:
evolution of ideas, mulitple representations, understanding fields
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Metadata instance created June 16, 2006 by Bruce Mason
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June 16, 2006 by Bruce Mason
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August 1, 2001
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Allen, L. (2001, August 1). An Investigation into Student Understanding of Magnetic Induction (The Ohio State University, 2001). Retrieved December 19, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=3794&DocID=115
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Allen, Leith D.. "An Investigation into Student Understanding of Magnetic Induction." The Ohio State University, 2001. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=3794&DocID=115 (accessed 19 December 2014).
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Allen, Leith D.. "An Investigation into Student Understanding of Magnetic Induction." 1 Aug. 2001. The Ohio State University, 2001. 19 Dec. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=3794&DocID=115>.
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