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written by Katherine Menchen and John R. Thompson
We describe recent results in an ongoing investigation of student understanding of sound, especially of sound propagation in solid media. We have recently administered written questions and conducted interviews to probe student reasoning about this topic, specifically the effect on the pitch or frequency of a sound that is propagated from one object to another. Our findings show that the concepts of propagation and resonance are not functionally distinguished by these students; many students seem to be distracted by the resonant properties of an object that is propagating sound. Furthermore, students have more difficulty when considering propagation of a sound through objects with sound generating properties than with objects not associated with sound generation. This work forms the basis for instructional materials to improve student learning, especially among preservice teachers. The curriculum developed to date is reasonably successful at addressing these student difficulties.
Physics Education Research Conference 2004
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, California: August 4-5, 2004
Volume 790, Pages 81-84
Subjects ADS Supplements Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Curriculum Development
- Instructional Material Design
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
Oscillations & Waves
- General
- Wave Motion
= Wave Properties of Sound
- Reference Material
= Research study
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PERC 2004, acoustic wave propagation, curricular development, data-based instructional reform, educational courses, research and development management, student experiments, student understanding of sound
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K. Menchen and J. Thompson, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2004, Sacramento, California, 2004, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9537&DocID=3442).
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K. Menchen and J. Thompson, Student Understanding Of Sound Propagation: Research And Curriculum Development, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2004, Sacramento, California, 2004, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9537&DocID=3442>.
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Menchen, K., & Thompson, J. (2004, August 4-5). Student Understanding Of Sound Propagation: Research And Curriculum Development. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2004, Sacramento, California. Retrieved November 24, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9537&DocID=3442
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Menchen, Katherine, and John Thompson. "Student Understanding Of Sound Propagation: Research And Curriculum Development." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2004, Sacramento, California, August 4-5, 2004. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9537&DocID=3442 (accessed 24 November 2014).
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Menchen, Katherine, and John Thompson. "Student Understanding Of Sound Propagation: Research And Curriculum Development." Physics Education Research Conference 2004. Sacramento, California: 2004. 81-84 Vol. 790 of PER Conference. 24 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9537&DocID=3442>.
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