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written by Rebecca Rosenblatt, Eleanor C. Sayre, and Andrew F. Heckler
We have developed a multiple choice test designed to probe students' conceptual understanding of the relationships among the directions of force, velocity, and acceleration. The test was administered to more than 800 students enrolled in standard or honors introductory physics courses or a second-year physics majors course. The test was found to be reasonably statistically reliable, and correlations of test score with grade, course level, and the Force Concept Inventory were moderate to strong. Further analysis revealed that in addition to the common incorrect response that velocity must be in the direction of the acceleration or net force, up to 30% of students gave "partially correct" responses, for example that velocity can be either opposite to or in the direction of the acceleration or net force but not zero. The data also suggests that for some students their evolution of understanding may progress through this kind of partially incorrect understanding.
Physics Education Research Conference 2009
Part of the PER Conference series
Ann Arbor, Michigan: July 29-30, 2009
Volume 1179, Pages 245-248
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Classical Mechanics
- Newton's First Law
= Inertia in Motion
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
= Instruments
- Cognition
= Cognition Development
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Reference Material
= Research study
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DOI:
10.1063/1.3266727
PACSs:
01.50.Kw
01.40.Fk
Keywords:
FCI, PERC 2009, assessment instrument, conceptual understanding, mechanics, physics education research, test development
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R. Rosenblatt, E. Sayre, and A. Heckler, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9493&DocID=1369).
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R. Rosenblatt, E. Sayre, and A. Heckler, Modeling students’ conceptual understanding of force, velocity, and acceleration, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9493&DocID=1369>.
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Rosenblatt, R., Sayre, E., & Heckler, A. (2009, July 29-30). Modeling students’ conceptual understanding of force, velocity, and acceleration. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Retrieved October 21, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9493&DocID=1369
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Rosenblatt, R, E. Sayre, and A. Heckler. "Modeling students’ conceptual understanding of force, velocity, and acceleration." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 29-30, 2009. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9493&DocID=1369 (accessed 21 October 2014).
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Rosenblatt, Rebecca, Eleanor Sayre, and Andrew F. Heckler. "Modeling students’ conceptual understanding of force, velocity, and acceleration." Physics Education Research Conference 2009. Ann Arbor, Michigan: 2009. 245-248 Vol. 1179 of PER Conference. 21 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9493&DocID=1369>.
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