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written by Elizabeth Gire and N. Sanjay Rebello
We present two studies investigating factors that correlate with students' and instructors' perceptions of problem difficulty. In the first study, introductory physics students and instructors were asked to rate the difficulty of textbook-style work-energy problems. These difficulty ratings are compared and we look for correlations between the difficulty ratings and a measure of problem complexity. We find differences between students' and instructors' ratings and a correlation between instructors' ratings and problem complexity but no significant correlation between students' ratings and problem complexity. In the second study, we asked introductory physics students and instructors to rate the difficulty of textbook-style kinematics problems. Additionally, we asked students to provide ratings of their familiarity with these problems and complete solutions. We explore the relationship between difficulty ratings, problem complexity, problem familiarity, and the rate at which students solve the problems correctly.
Physics Education Research Conference 2010
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, Oregon: July 21-22, 2010
Volume 1289, Pages 149-152
Subjects ADS Supplements Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- General
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Problem Solving
Education - Basic Research
- Student Characteristics
= Ability
- Reference Material
= Report
= Research study
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10.1063/1.3515184
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0816207
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01.40.Fk
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PERC 2010, difficulty, introductory physics, mechanics, problem solving
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E. Gire and N. Rebello, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10426&DocID=1892).
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E. Gire and N. Rebello, Investigating the Perceived Difficulty of Introductory Physics Problems presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10426&DocID=1892>.
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Gire, E., & Rebello, N. (2010, July 21-22). Investigating the Perceived Difficulty of Introductory Physics Problems. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved July 29, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10426&DocID=1892
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Gire, Elizabeth, and N. Sanjay Rebello. "Investigating the Perceived Difficulty of Introductory Physics Problems." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10426&DocID=1892 (accessed 29 July 2014).
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Gire, Elizabeth, and N. Sanjay Rebello. "Investigating the Perceived Difficulty of Introductory Physics Problems." Physics Education Research Conference 2010. Portland, Oregon: 2010. 149-152 Vol. 1289 of PER Conference. 29 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10426&DocID=1892>.
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