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Probing Students’ Understanding of Resonance 

written by Sytil K. Murphy, Dyan L. McBride, Josh Gross, and Dean A. Zollman

Resonant phenomena play a crucial role in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a widely used medical tool in today's society. The basic features of the resonance in MRI can be taught by looking at the resonance of a compass driven by an electromagnetic field. However, resonance in a oscillating magnetic field is not a phenomenon that is familiar to most students. Thus, as a precursor to creating instructional materials, we investigated how students applied their learning about resonance as traditionally taught to this novel system.

Published November 11, 2009
Last Modified October 11, 2009

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