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written by Eleanor C. Sayre, Michael C. Wittmann, and John E. Donovan
As part of ongoing research into cognitive processes and student thought, we have investigated the interplay between mathematics and physics resources in intermediate mechanics students. We present evidence from a reformed sophomore-level mechanics class which contains both tutorial and lecture components. In the context of writing Newton's Second Law for damped harmonic motion, students discuss the signs of the spring and damping forces. Using a grounded theory approach, we identify a common chain of reasoning in which a request for reasoning is followed by elaborative sense-making and checks for consistency, finishing with an optional appeal for group consensus. Our analysis provides evidence for a description of student thinking in terms of Plasticity, an extension of Resource Theory.
Physics Education Research Conference 2006
Part of the PER Conference series
Syracuse, New York: July 26-27, 2006
Volume 883, Pages 85-88
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Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
- Learning Theory
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
= Damped Oscillators
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2006 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.2508697
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha
Keywords:
Learning Theory, PERC 2006, Resource Plasticity, chain of reasoning, damped harmonic motion, grounded theory, mechanics
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Metadata instance created June 4, 2007 by Shawn Weatherford
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E. Sayre, M. Wittmann, and J. Donovan, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5234&DocID=2130).
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E. Sayre, M. Wittmann, and J. Donovan, Resource Plasticity: Detailing a Common Chain of Reasoning with Damped Harmonic Motion presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5234&DocID=2130>.
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Sayre, E., Wittmann, M., & Donovan, J. (2006, July 26-27). Resource Plasticity: Detailing a Common Chain of Reasoning with Damped Harmonic Motion. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York. Retrieved September 3, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5234&DocID=2130
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Sayre, E, M. Wittmann, and J. Donovan. "Resource Plasticity: Detailing a Common Chain of Reasoning with Damped Harmonic Motion." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, July 26-27, 2006. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5234&DocID=2130 (accessed 3 September 2014).
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Sayre, Eleanor, Michael Wittmann, and John E. Donovan. "Resource Plasticity: Detailing a Common Chain of Reasoning with Damped Harmonic Motion." Physics Education Research Conference 2006. Syracuse, New York: 2006. 85-88 Vol. 883 of PER Conference. 3 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5234&DocID=2130>.
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