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written by Alexandru Maries and Chandralekha Singh
Drawing appropriate diagrams is a useful problem solving heuristic that can transform a given problem into a representation that is easier to exploit for solving it. A major focus while helping introductory physics students learn problem solving is to help them appreciate that drawing diagrams facilitates problem solution. We conducted an investigation in which 111 students in an algebra-based introductory physics course were subjected to two different interventions during recitation quizzes throughout the semester. They were either (1) asked to solve problems in which the diagrams were drawn for them or (2) explicitly told to draw a diagram. A comparison group was not given any instruction regarding diagrams. We developed a rubric to score the problem-solving performance of students in different intervention groups. Here, we present some surprising results for problems which involve considerations of initial and final conditions.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 263-266
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
- Problem Solving
= Heuristics
= Representational Use
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PERC 2011, Problem solving, Representation
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A. Maries 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=11863&DocID=2712).
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A. Maries and C. Singh, Should students be provided diagrams or asked to draw them while solving introductory physics problems?, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11863&DocID=2712>.
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Maries, A., & Singh, C. (2011, August 3-4). Should students be provided diagrams or asked to draw them while solving introductory physics problems?. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved September 21, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11863&DocID=2712
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Maries, Alexandru, and Chandralekha Singh. "Should students be provided diagrams or asked to draw them while solving introductory 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=11863&DocID=2712 (accessed 21 September 2014).
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Maries, Alexandru, and Chandralekha Singh. "Should students be provided diagrams or asked to draw them while solving introductory physics problems?." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 263-266 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference. 21 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11863&DocID=2712>.
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