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written by Doris J. Wagner, Sam Cohen, and Adam Moyer
This study is part of an ongoing effort to develop a diagnostic test assessing student understanding of fluids. In particular, this paper addresses a question involving density and buoyancy. The "five blocks" question, which asks students to predict the final location of blocks released from rest when submerged and explain their reasoning, has been administered to hundreds of students in three different introductory courses at Grove City College for the past four years. We used the common student responses to craft a multiple-select version of the five blocks problem in 2008. This paper will present the effects that changing workshop activities have had on student performance on the five block question.
Physics Education Research Conference 2009
Part of the PER Conference series
Ann Arbor, Michigan: July 29-30, 2009
Volume 1179, Pages 289-292
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Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
= Instruments
Fluid Mechanics
- Statics of Fluids
= Density and Buoyancy
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Reference Material
= Research study
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DOI:
10.1063/1.3266739
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.G-
Keywords:
Archimedes' principle, PERC 2009, buoyancy, density, diagnostic instrument development, education research, student understanding of fluids
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D. Wagner, S. Cohen, and A. Moyer, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9507&DocID=1382).
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D. Wagner, S. Cohen, and A. Moyer, Addressing Student Difficulties with Buoyancy, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9507&DocID=1382>.
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Wagner, D., Cohen, S., & Moyer, A. (2009, July 29-30). Addressing Student Difficulties with Buoyancy. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Retrieved October 20, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9507&DocID=1382
Chicago Format
Wagner, D, S. Cohen, and A. Moyer. "Addressing Student Difficulties with Buoyancy." 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=9507&DocID=1382 (accessed 20 October 2014).
MLA Format
Wagner, Doris J., Sam Cohen, and Adam Moyer. "Addressing Student Difficulties with Buoyancy." Physics Education Research Conference 2009. Ann Arbor, Michigan: 2009. 289-292 Vol. 1179 of PER Conference. 20 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9507&DocID=1382>.
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