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Abstract Title: The Impact of the History of Physics on Student Attitude and Conceptual Understanding of Physics
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to investigate student learning of Newtonian Mechanics through the study of its history and the development of the relevant ideas since the time of ancient Greece.  The hypothesis is that not only will students learn the basic concepts of mechanics, but also will develop a more positive attitude and appreciation for physics.  To assess the students' conceptual understanding, we administer the nationally known Force Concept Inventory (FCI) test and for the measurement of student attitude change, we employed the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS); both were given as pre and post-tests.  Additionally, at the end of the quarter, a survey was given out to see how students perceived the different course components and which ones they found helpful in their learning.  This paper will present our preliminary results on such a study.
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Homeyra Sadaghiani
Department of Physics, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: 909-869-5194
Fax: 909-869-5090
and Co-Presenter(s)
Sarah Garcia and April Hankins
Affiliation for both: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona: Physics Undergraduates