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written by Thomas M. Scaife and Andrew F. Heckler
We examine student understanding of the magnetic force exerted on a charged particle and report three findings from a series of tests administered to introductory physics students. First, we expand on previous findings that many students believe in "charged" magnetic poles and find that although students may answer according to a model where a positive charge is attracted to a south pole and repulsed by a north, these students may not believe that the poles are charged. Additional models produce identical answer schemes, the primary being magnetic force parallel to magnetic field. Second, the representation format affects responses: students answer differently when the magnetic field is portrayed by a field source vs. by field lines. Third, after traditional instruction improvement in student performance is greater on questions portraying field lines than for questions portraying field sources.
Physics Education Research Conference 2007
Part of the PER Conference series
Greensboro, NC: August 1-2, 2007
Volume 951, Pages 180-183
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Modeling
Education - Basic Research
- Communication
= Representations
Electricity & Magnetism
- Magnetic Fields and Forces
= Magnetic Fields
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2007 2007 American Institute of Physics.
DOE Grant No.:
R305H050125
DOI:
10.1063/1.2820927
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha
01.50.Kw
Keywords:
PERC 2007, educational courses, magnetic fields, models, physics, research initiatives, student experiments
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T. Scaife and A. Heckler, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, 2007, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9102&DocID=2017).
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T. Scaife and A. Heckler, The Effect of Field Representation on Student Responses to Magnetic Force Questions, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, 2007, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9102&DocID=2017>.
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Scaife, T., & Heckler, A. (2007, August 1-2). The Effect of Field Representation on Student Responses to Magnetic Force Questions. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC. Retrieved October 25, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9102&DocID=2017
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Scaife, Thomas, and Andrew F. Heckler. "The Effect of Field Representation on Student Responses to Magnetic Force Questions." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, August 1-2, 2007. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9102&DocID=2017 (accessed 25 October 2014).
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Scaife, Thomas, and Andrew F. Heckler. "The Effect of Field Representation on Student Responses to Magnetic Force Questions." Physics Education Research Conference 2007. Greensboro, NC: 2007. 180-183 Vol. 951 of PER Conference. 25 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9102&DocID=2017>.
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