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written by Jing Li and Chandralekha Singh
We discuss an investigation exploring students' difficulties with equations involving resistance, capacitance and inductance. We find that introductory physics students have great difficulty understanding, e.g., how the resistance of an ohmic resistor can be written in terms of the potential difference across it and the current through it, but it does not change when the potential difference across the resistor is varied. Similar confusions arose in problems relating to capacitors and inductors. We discuss these difficulties with equations in the context of introductory physics students' performance on questions about circuit elements both in the free-response and multiple-choice formats.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 243-246
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Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
Electricity & Magnetism
- Capacitance
- Inductance
- Resistance
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10.1063/1.3680040
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01.40.Fk
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Circuit Elements, PERC 2011, RLC
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J. Li and C. Singh, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11857&DocID=2707).
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J. Li and C. Singh, Students' difficulties with equations involving circuit elements presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11857&DocID=2707>.
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Li, J., & Singh, C. (2011, August 3-4). Students' difficulties with equations involving circuit elements. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved April 21, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11857&DocID=2707
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Li, Jing, and Chandralekha Singh. "Students' difficulties with equations involving circuit elements." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11857&DocID=2707 (accessed 21 April 2014).
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Li, Jing, and Chandralekha Singh. "Students' difficulties with equations involving circuit elements." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 243-246 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference. 21 Apr. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11857&DocID=2707>.
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