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written by Eugene Torigoe and Gary Gladding
This paper is part of an ongoing investigation of how students use and understand mathematics in introductory physics. Our previous research [1] revealed that differences in score as large as 50% can be observed between numeric and symbolic versions of the same question. We have expanded our study of numeric and symbolic differences to include 10 pairs of questions on a calculus based introductory physics final exam. We find that not all physics problems exhibit such large differences and that in the cases where a large difference is observed that the largest difference occurs for the poorest students. With these 10 questions we have been able to develop phenomenological categories to characterize the properties of each of the questions. We will discuss what question properties are necessary to observe differences in score on the numeric and symbolic versions. We will also discuss what insights these categories give us about how students think about and use symbols in physics.
Physics Education Research Conference 2007
Part of the PER Conference series
Greensboro, NC: August 1-2, 2007
Volume 951, Pages 200-203
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PERC 2007, numerical versus symolic problems, phenomenological categories
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E. Torigoe and G. Gladding, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, 2007, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9108&DocID=2021).
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E. Torigoe and G. Gladding, Symbols: Weapons of Math Destruction, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, 2007, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9108&DocID=2021>.
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Torigoe, E., & Gladding, G. (2007, August 1-2). Symbols: Weapons of Math Destruction. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC. Retrieved October 2, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9108&DocID=2021
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Torigoe, Eugene, and Gary Gladding. "Symbols: Weapons of Math Destruction." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, August 1-2, 2007. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9108&DocID=2021 (accessed 2 October 2014).
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Torigoe, Eugene, and Gary Gladding. "Symbols: Weapons of Math Destruction." Physics Education Research Conference 2007. Greensboro, NC: 2007. 200-203 Vol. 951 of PER Conference. 2 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9108&DocID=2021>.
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