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written by Andy Johnson and Anna Hafele
Learning about radiation requires understanding the general structure of atoms, but many college physics students do not have such understandings. In our efforts to develop inquiry based materials on radiation, we have accumulated additional evidence showing that certain students do indeed have substantial difficulties understanding the basic structure and properties of atoms, and that these difficulties impair their understandings of the simplest radiation processes--emission and ionization. This paper reports on our investigations of student difficulties in understanding basic properties of atoms and ionization and radioactivity. We also describe results from a class using a new pedagogical simulator--the Atom Builder--and provide evidence for marked improvement in student understanding.
Physics Education Research Conference 2010
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, Oregon: July 21-22, 2010
Volume 1289, Pages 177-180
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Education - Applied Research
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= Simulation
- Technology
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Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
- Assessment
Modern Physics
- Atomic Physics
- Nuclear Physics
= Radioactivity
- Reference Material
= Research study
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Keywords:
Inquiry, PERC 2010, Radiation, Simulator, Student difficulties
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A. Johnson and A. Hafele, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12740&DocID=3285).
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A. Johnson and A. Hafele, Exploring Student Understanding of Atoms and Radiation with the Atom Builder Simulator presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12740&DocID=3285>.
APA Format
Johnson, A., & Hafele, A. (2010, July 21-22). Exploring Student Understanding of Atoms and Radiation with the Atom Builder Simulator. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved August 2, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12740&DocID=3285
Chicago Format
Johnson, Andy, and Anna Hafele. "Exploring Student Understanding of Atoms and Radiation with the Atom Builder Simulator." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12740&DocID=3285 (accessed 2 August 2014).
MLA Format
Johnson, Andy, and Anna Hafele. "Exploring Student Understanding of Atoms and Radiation with the Atom Builder Simulator." Physics Education Research Conference 2010. Portland, Oregon: 2010. 177-180 Vol. 1289 of PER Conference. 2 Aug. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12740&DocID=3285>.
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