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written by Jeffrey M. Hawkins, John R. Thompson, and Michael C. Wittmann
In a series of ten two-dimensional graphical vector addition questions with varying visual representations, most students stuck to a single solution method, be it correct or incorrect. Changes to the visual representation include placing vectors on a grid, making the vectors arrangements symmetric, varying the separation between vectors, and reversing the direction of either vector. We discuss the questions asked of students and their responses, emphasizing the results of one student who did change solution methods during an interview.
Physics Education Research Conference 2009
Part of the PER Conference series
Ann Arbor, Michigan: July 29-30, 2009
Volume 1179, Pages 161-164
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DOI:
10.1063/1.3266704
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01.40.Fk
Keywords:
PERC 2009, graphical vector addition, interview, interviews, solution methods, vector addition, vector addition method, visual representation, visual representation
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J. Hawkins, J. Thompson, and M. Wittmann, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9471&DocID=1347).
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J. Hawkins, J. Thompson, and M. Wittmann, Students’ Consistency of Graphical Vector Addition Method on 2-D Vector Addition Tasks, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9471&DocID=1347>.
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Hawkins, J., Thompson, J., & Wittmann, M. (2009, July 29-30). Students’ Consistency of Graphical Vector Addition Method on 2-D Vector Addition Tasks. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Retrieved October 26, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9471&DocID=1347
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Hawkins, J, J. Thompson, and M. Wittmann. "Students’ Consistency of Graphical Vector Addition Method on 2-D Vector Addition Tasks." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 29-30, 2009. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9471&DocID=1347 (accessed 26 October 2014).
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Hawkins, Jeffrey, John Thompson, and Michael Wittmann. "Students’ Consistency of Graphical Vector Addition Method on 2-D Vector Addition Tasks." Physics Education Research Conference 2009. Ann Arbor, Michigan: 2009. 161-164 Vol. 1179 of PER Conference. 26 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9471&DocID=1347>.
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