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written by Dehui Hu, Joshua Von Korff, and N. Sanjay Rebello
We carried out several experiments in which we used sequences of physics problems to investigate students' ability to apply calculus concepts in physics problems. In this paper, we discuss an experiment which focused specifically on the concept of "area under a curve". We organized group problem solving sessions to teach students the concept of area under a curve using our problem sequences. We combined both a paper-based test and a computer-based test with online hints to assess students' ability to transfer their learning to solve new physics problems. We found that students' strategies for solving physics problems using this concept largely depend on problem type and scenario. Students' prior knowledge of area under a curve from calculus could interfere with their ability to learn a coherent model of using this concept in physics contexts.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 215-218
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- Calculus
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10.1063/1.3680033
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0816207
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01.40.Fk
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PERC 2011, area under a curve, problem solving, transfer
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D. Hu, J. Von Korff, and N. Rebello, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11850&DocID=2701).
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D. Hu, J. Von Korff, and N. Rebello, Scaffolding students' application of the 'area under a curve' concept in physics problems, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11850&DocID=2701>.
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Hu, D., Von Korff, J., & Rebello, N. (2011, August 3-4). Scaffolding students' application of the 'area under a curve' concept in physics problems. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved December 22, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11850&DocID=2701
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Hu, D, J. Von Korff, and N. Rebello. "Scaffolding students' application of the 'area under a curve' concept in physics problems." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11850&DocID=2701 (accessed 22 December 2014).
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Hu, Dehui, Joshua Von Korff, and N. Sanjay Rebello. "Scaffolding students' application of the 'area under a curve' concept in physics problems." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 215-218 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference. 22 Dec. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11850&DocID=2701>.
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