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written by Pasi Nieminen, Antti Savinainen, and Jouni Viiri
Available Languages: English, Finnish
This 30-minute research-based multiple-choice test is designed to investigate students' ability to interpret multiple representations consistently in the context of four force concepts: Newton's first, second, and third laws, and gravitation.
The diagnostic exam contains 27 multiple-choice questions based on nine FCI items that have been redesigned using various representations (such as motion map, vectorial, and graphical). A summary of the survey's construction, analysis, reliability, and validity is available in Force Concept Inventory-based multiple-choice test for investigating students' representational consistency, Phys. Rev ST-PER 6 (2), 020109 (2010).
Additionally, an Excel file is provided so that instructors who wish to carry out the representational consistency analysis described in the aforementioned article may do so.
This assessment is free for use by instructors in their classroom. However, it takes years of development effort to create and validate reliable assessment instruments.
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Representational Variant of the Force Concept Inventory (R-FCI):
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A summary of the survey's development, reliability, and validity is provided in P. Nieminen, A. Savinainen, and J. Viiri, " Force Concept Inventory-based multiple-choice test for investigating students' representational consistency," PRST-PER 6 (2), 020109 (2010).relation by Lyle Barbato
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