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American Journal of Physics
written by David E. Trowbridge and Lillian C. McDermott
This paper describes a systematic investigation of the understanding of the concept of acceleration among students enrolled in a variety of introductory physics courses at the University of Washington. The criterion for assessing understanding of a kinematical concept is the ability to apply it successfully in interpreting simple motions of real objects. The main thrust of this study has been on the qualitative understanding of acceleration as the ratio Deltav/Deltat. The primary data source has been the individual demonstration interview in which students are asked specific questions about simple motions they observe. Results are reported for the success of different student populations in comparing accelerations for two simultaneous motions. Failure to make a proper comparison was due to various conceptual difficulties which are identified and described. Some implications for instruction are briefly discussed.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 49, Issue 3, Pages 242-253
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10.1119/1.12525
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Cognitive Ability, Cognitive Measurement, College Science, Concept Formation, Difficulty Level, Higher Education, Interviews, Kinetics, Measures (Individuals), Mechanics (Physics), Motion, Physics, Science Education, Science Education Research, Science Instruction
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D. Trowbridge and L. McDermott, Am. J. Phys. 49 (3), 242 (1981), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.12525).
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D. Trowbridge and L. McDermott, Investigation of student understanding of the concept of acceleration in one dimension, Am. J. Phys. 49 (3), 242 (1981), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.12525>.
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Trowbridge, D., & McDermott, L. (1981, March 1). Investigation of student understanding of the concept of acceleration in one dimension. Am. J. Phys., 49(3), 242-253. Retrieved October 23, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.12525
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Trowbridge, David E., and Lillian C. McDermott. "Investigation of student understanding of the concept of acceleration in one dimension." Am. J. Phys. 49, no. 3, (March 1, 1981): 242-253, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.12525 (accessed 23 October 2014).
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Trowbridge, David E., and Lillian C. McDermott. "Investigation of student understanding of the concept of acceleration in one dimension." Am. J. Phys. 49.3 (1981): 242-253. 23 Oct. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.12525>.
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