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American Journal of Physics
written by Peter S. Shaffer and Lillian C. McDermott
In this paper we describe a long-term, large-scale investigation of the ability of university students to treat velocity and acceleration as vectors in one and two dimensions. Some serious conceptual and reasoning difficulties identified among introductory students also were common among pre-college teachers and physics graduate students. Insights gained from this research guided the development of instructional materials that help improve student learning at the introductory level and beyond. The results have strong implications for the teaching of undergraduate physics, the professional development of teachers, and the preparation of teaching assistants.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 73, Issue 10, Pages 921-931
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Classical Mechanics
- Motion in One Dimension
= Acceleration
= Velocity
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= 2D Acceleration
= 2D Velocity
Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
Mathematical Tools
- Vector Algebra
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2005 American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/1.2000976
PACSs:
01.50.-i
01.40.-d
45.05.+x
45.40.-f
02.10.Ud
Keywords:
instructional material development, student learning, vectors
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Metadata instance created June 22, 2012 by Zachary Davis
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May 28, 2013 by Vince Kuo
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P. Shaffer and L. McDermott, Am. J. Phys. 73 (10), 921 (2005), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2000976).
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P. Shaffer and L. McDermott, A research-based approach to improving student understanding of the vector nature of kinematical concepts, Am. J. Phys. 73 (10), 921 (2005), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2000976>.
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Shaffer, P., & McDermott, L. (2005, October 1). A research-based approach to improving student understanding of the vector nature of kinematical concepts. Am. J. Phys., 73(10), 921-931. Retrieved October 25, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2000976
Chicago Format
Shaffer, Peter, and Lillian C. McDermott. "A research-based approach to improving student understanding of the vector nature of kinematical concepts." Am. J. Phys. 73, no. 10, (October 1, 2005): 921-931, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2000976 (accessed 25 October 2014).
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Shaffer, Peter, and Lillian C. McDermott. "A research-based approach to improving student understanding of the vector nature of kinematical concepts." Am. J. Phys. 73.10 (2005): 921-931. 25 Oct. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2000976>.
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