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Abstract Title: Design of a Synthesizing Lecture on Mechanics Concepts
Abstract: Within the context of traditional physics problem solving instruction, major concepts are mentioned but often marginalized by the focus on equation manipulation, resulting in students perceiving concepts as unimportant in problem solving. Additionally, since topics are covered as isolated pieces, students also perceive concepts as unrelated. In response to this disconnect, we discuss the development of a short, animated, web-delivered synthesizing presentation modeled after the "common learning resource" from the preparation for future learning construct. In the presentation, major concepts of introductory mechanics are structured hierarchically.  More specifically, the presentation is an overview of major theorems and conservation laws in mechanics and the conditions under which they are applied.  It is linked to previous problems solved by the student and intended to prepare students for future learning by illustrating how concepts guide problem solving processes.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Natalie E. Strand
Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-722-0627
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jennifer L. Docktor (Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801)

Gary E. Gladding (Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801)

Jose P. Mestre (Departments of Physics and Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801)

Brian H. Ross (Beckman Institute and Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801)