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written by Eugene Torigoe and Gary Gladding
Data from nearly 900 students was used to measure differences in performance on numeric and symbolic questions. Symbolic versions of two numeric kinematics questions were created by replacing numeric values with symbolic variables. The mean score on one of the numeric questions was 50% higher than the analogous symbolic question. An analysis of the written work revealed that the primary identifiable error when working on the symbolic problems was a confusion of the meaning of the variables. The paper concludes with a discussion of possible theoretical explanations and plans for future follow-up studies.
Physics Education Research Conference 2006
Part of the PER Conference series
Syracuse, New York: July 26-27, 2006
Volume 883, Pages 153-156
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© 2006 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.2508715
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha
Keywords:
PERC 2006, Symbolic questions, learning theory, numerical analysis, numerical questions, symbol manipulation, teaching methods
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Metadata instance created June 4, 2007 by Shawn Weatherford
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July 16, 2013 by Lyle Barbato
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E. Torigoe and G. Gladding, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5263&DocID=2133).
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E. Torigoe and G. Gladding, Same to Us, Different to Them: Numeric Computation versus Symbolic Representation, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5263&DocID=2133>.
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Torigoe, E., & Gladding, G. (2006, July 26-27). Same to Us, Different to Them: Numeric Computation versus Symbolic Representation. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York. Retrieved November 28, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5263&DocID=2133
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Torigoe, Eugene, and Gary Gladding. "Same to Us, Different to Them: Numeric Computation versus Symbolic Representation." 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=5263&DocID=2133 (accessed 28 November 2014).
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Torigoe, Eugene, and Gary Gladding. "Same to Us, Different to Them: Numeric Computation versus Symbolic Representation." Physics Education Research Conference 2006. Syracuse, New York: 2006. 153-156 Vol. 883 of PER Conference. 28 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5263&DocID=2133>.
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