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For effective transfer of knowledge, it is necessary to break the transfer of conceptual difficulties. In physics courses that include special relativity, students are expected to relate the invariant mass of a system to the energy and momentum of the individual particles that make it up. Many have difficulty doing so. Student responses indicate that some difficulties stem from a failure to treat energy-momentum as a four-vector. Introductory students experience related difficulties in a purely non-relativistic context: many fail to take the vector nature of three-momentum into account when relating the momentum of a system to the momenta of its constituents. Results suggest that these difficulties are widespread, and not necessarily resolved through the study of advanced topics.
Physics Education Research Conference 2004
Part of the PER Conference Invited Paper series
Sacramento, California: August 4-5, 2004
Volume 790, Pages 35-38
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PERC 2004, conceptual difficulty, educational courses, special relativity, transfer of difficulty, transfer of knowledge
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A. Boudreaux, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2004, Sacramento, California, 2004, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9526&DocID=3467).
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A. Boudreaux, Tracing Difficulties With Relativistically Invariant Mass To Difficulties With Vector Addition Of Momentum In Newtonian Contexts presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2004, Sacramento, California, 2004, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9526&DocID=3467>.
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Boudreaux, A. (2004, August 4-5). Tracing Difficulties With Relativistically Invariant Mass To Difficulties With Vector Addition Of Momentum In Newtonian Contexts. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2004, Sacramento, California. Retrieved August 22, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9526&DocID=3467
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Boudreaux, Andrew. "Tracing Difficulties With Relativistically Invariant Mass To Difficulties With Vector Addition Of Momentum In Newtonian Contexts." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2004, Sacramento, California, August 4-5, 2004. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9526&DocID=3467 (accessed 22 August 2014).
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Boudreaux, Andrew. "Tracing Difficulties With Relativistically Invariant Mass To Difficulties With Vector Addition Of Momentum In Newtonian Contexts." Physics Education Research Conference 2004. Sacramento, California: 2004. 35-38 Vol. 790 of PER Conference Invited Paper. 22 Aug. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9526&DocID=3467>.
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