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written by Gyoungho Lee and Jinseog Yi
During our investigation of students' understanding of gravitational potential energy, we found some difficulties that students have with this topic. Many students who took upper-level mechanics courses had difficulties in understanding why there are two different expressions of gravitational potential energy. These students said they had some difficulties in understanding why there should be two different signs (+ & -) and two different forms (g & 1/r) even though these expressions were considered as representing the same gravitational potential energy. To gain understanding of the sources of student difficulties, we used weekly reports and individual interviews. We analyzed student difficulties in terms of conceptual knowledge, procedural knowledge, and contextual knowledge. The results of these research have guided the development of teaching material that addresses students' difficulties in understanding gravitational potential energy. We will show the development process and contents of the material in the second paper on this topic.
Physics Education Research Conference 2006
Part of the PER Conference series
Syracuse, New York: July 26-27, 2006
Volume 883, Pages 165-168
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Classical Mechanics
- Gravity
Education - Applied Research
- Instructional Material Design
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
- Cognition
- Learning Theory
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Upper Undergraduate
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© 2006 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.2508718
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01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha
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Keywords:
PERC 2006, development of teaching material, gravitational waves, interviews, learning theory, student difficulties, weekly reports
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G. Lee and J. Yi, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5260&DocID=2122).
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G. Lee and J. Yi, Addressing Students' Difficulties in Understanding Two Different Expressions of Gravitational Potential Energy (I): mgh & -GMm/r, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5260&DocID=2122>.
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Lee, G., & Yi, J. (2006, July 26-27). Addressing Students' Difficulties in Understanding Two Different Expressions of Gravitational Potential Energy (I): mgh & -GMm/r. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York. Retrieved September 22, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5260&DocID=2122
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Lee, Gyoungho, and Jinseog Yi. "Addressing Students' Difficulties in Understanding Two Different Expressions of Gravitational Potential Energy (I): mgh & -GMm/r." 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=5260&DocID=2122 (accessed 22 September 2014).
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Lee, Gyoungho, and Jinseog Yi. "Addressing Students' Difficulties in Understanding Two Different Expressions of Gravitational Potential Energy (I): mgh & -GMm/r." Physics Education Research Conference 2006. Syracuse, New York: 2006. 165-168 Vol. 883 of PER Conference. 22 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5260&DocID=2122>.
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