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Effect of Misconception on Transfer in Problem Solving 

written by Chandralekha Singh

We examine the effect of misconceptions about friction on students' ability to solve problems and transfer from one context to another. We analyze written responses to paired isomorphic problems given to introductory physics students and discussions with a subset of students. Misconceptions associated with friction in problems were sometimes so robust that pairing them with isomorphic problems not involving friction did not help students fully discern their underlying similarities.

Published November 12, 2007
Last Modified December 1, 2010

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