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European Journal of Physics
written by Salomon F. Itza-Ortiz, N. Sanjay Rebello, and Dean A. Zollman
We investigated students' use of Newton's second law in mechanics and electromagnetism contexts by interviewing students in a two-semester calculus based physics course. We observed that students' responses are consistent with three mental models, Newtonian, Aristotelian, and a hybrid model formed with elements of the first two models. These models appeared in mechanics contexts and were transferred to electromagnetism contexts. We developed an inventory to help instructors identify these models and direct students towards the correct one.
European Journal of Physics: Volume 25, Issue 1, Pages 81-89
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DOI:
10.1088/0143-0807/25/1/011
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S0143-0807(04)68854-4
Keywords:
Aristotelian model, Hybrid model, Newton's second law, Newtonian model, classical mechanics, electromagnetic forces, electromagnetism, physics education, teaching
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Metadata instance created July 13, 2005 by Lyle Barbato
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S. Itza-Ortiz, N. Rebello, and D. Zollman, Eur. J. Phys. 25 (1), 81 (2004), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/25/1/011).
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S. Itza-Ortiz, N. Rebello, and D. Zollman, Students' models of Newton's second law in mechanics and electromagnetism, Eur. J. Phys. 25 (1), 81 (2004), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/25/1/011>.
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Itza-Ortiz, S., Rebello, N., & Zollman, D. (2004, January 1). Students' models of Newton's second law in mechanics and electromagnetism. Eur. J. Phys., 25(1), 81-89. Retrieved November 28, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/25/1/011
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Itza-Ortiz, S, N. Rebello, and D. Zollman. "Students' models of Newton's second law in mechanics and electromagnetism." Eur. J. Phys. 25, no. 1, (January 1, 2004): 81-89, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/25/1/011 (accessed 28 November 2014).
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Itza-Ortiz, Salomon F., N. Sanjay Rebello, and Dean Zollman. "Students' models of Newton's second law in mechanics and electromagnetism." Eur. J. Phys. 25.1 (2004): 81-89. 28 Nov. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/25/1/011>.
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