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The study of linear oscillations--including simple harmonic, damped, and driven oscillations--is not only fundamental in classical mechanics but lies at the heart of numerous applications in the engineering sciences. Results from research conducted in the context of junior-level mechanics courses suggest the presence of specific conceptual and reasoning difficulties, many of which seem to be based on fundamental concepts. Evidence from pretests (ungraded quizzes) will be presented to illustrate critical difficulties in understanding conceptual underpinnings, relating concepts to graphical representations (e.g., motion graphs), and connecting the physics to the relevant differential equations of motion. Preliminary results from the development of a tutorial approach to instruction, modeled after Tutorials in Introductory Physics by McDermott, et al., suggest that such an approach can be effective in both physics and engineering courses. (Supported by NSF grants DUE-0441426 and DUE-0442388.).
Physics Education Research Conference 2006
Part of the PER Conference Invited Paper series
Syracuse, New York: July 26-27, 2006
Volume 883, Pages 30-33
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Classical Mechanics
- General
Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
- Assessment
Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
= Springs and Oscillators
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2006 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.2508684
NSF Numbers:
0441426
0442388
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha
Keywords:
PERC 2006, classical mechanics, cognition, conceptual difficulties, learning theory, reasoning difficulties, tutorial development
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July 16, 2013 by Lyle Barbato
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B. Ambrose, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5248&DocID=2111).
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B. Ambrose, Probing Student Reasoning and Intuitions in Intermediate Mechanics: An Example with Linear Oscillations, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5248&DocID=2111>.
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Ambrose, B. (2006, July 26-27). Probing Student Reasoning and Intuitions in Intermediate Mechanics: An Example with Linear Oscillations. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York. Retrieved December 20, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5248&DocID=2111
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Ambrose, Bradley S.. "Probing Student Reasoning and Intuitions in Intermediate Mechanics: An Example with Linear Oscillations." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, July 26-27, 2006. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5248&DocID=2111 (accessed 20 December 2014).
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Ambrose, Bradley S.. "Probing Student Reasoning and Intuitions in Intermediate Mechanics: An Example with Linear Oscillations." Physics Education Research Conference 2006. Syracuse, New York: 2006. 30-33 Vol. 883 of PER Conference Invited Paper. 20 Dec. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5248&DocID=2111>.
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