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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by Rachel E. Pepper, Stephanie V. Chasteen, Steven J. Pollock, and Katherine K. Perkins
We discuss common difficulties in upper-division electricity and magnetism (E&M) in the areas of Gauss's law, vector calculus, and electric potential using both quantitative and qualitative evidence. We also show that many of these topical difficulties may be tied to student difficulties with mathematics. At the junior level, some students struggle to combine mathematical calculations and physics ideas, to account for the underlying spatial situation when doing a mathematical calculation, and to access appropriate mathematical tools. We discuss the implications of our findings for E&M instruction at the junior level.
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Electricity & Magnetism
- Electric Fields and Potential
= Electrostatic Potential and Potential Energy
= Gauss' Law
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- Vector Calculus
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R. Pepper, S. Chasteen, S. Pollock, and K. Perkins, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 8 (1), 010111 (2012), WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11916&DocID=2805).
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R. Pepper, S. Chasteen, S. Pollock, and K. Perkins, Observations on student difficulties with mathematics in upper-division electricity and magnetism Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 8 (1), 010111 (2012), <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11916&DocID=2805>.
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Pepper, R., Chasteen, S., Pollock, S., & Perkins, K. (2012, March 27). Observations on student difficulties with mathematics in upper-division electricity and magnetism. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 8(1), 010111. Retrieved April 18, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11916&DocID=2805
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Pepper, R, S. Chasteen, S. Pollock, and K. Perkins. "Observations on student difficulties with mathematics in upper-division electricity and magnetism." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 8, no. 1, (March 27, 2012): 010111, http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11916&DocID=2805 (accessed 18 April 2014).
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Pepper, Rachel, Stephanie Chasteen, Steven Pollock, and Katherine Perkins. "Observations on student difficulties with mathematics in upper-division electricity and magnetism." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 8.1 (2012): 010111. 18 Apr. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11916&DocID=2805>.
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