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written by Frances Mateycik, Doris J. Wagner, Janet J. Rivera, and Sybillyn Jennings
This paper reports our research into how students describe and think about optical fibers and the physical phenomena of refraction and total internal reflection (TIR) basic to their operation. The study was conducted as part of the improvement and expansion of web-based materials for an innovative Rensselaer introductory physics course that examines the physics underlying information technology. As we developed the prototype module, we examined students' understanding of the phenomena of refraction, TIR, and optical fibers through the use of clinical interviews. As students discussed refraction and tried to explain how optical fibers work, several patterns emerged. Our analysis of these patterns drives our assessment of the effectiveness of the revised materials in facilitating students' transfer of learning, as well as the development of a multiple-choice diagnostic tool.
Physics Education Research Conference 2004
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, California: August 4-5, 2004
Volume 790, Pages 169-172
Subjects ADS Supplements Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Curriculum Development
= Course
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Instruments
- Cognition
= Cognition Development
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
Optics
- Geometrical Optics
= Optical Instruments
= Total Internal Reflection
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2004 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.2084728
NSF Number:
0089399
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
42.81.-i
01.50.Ht
42.25.Gy
Keywords:
Educational Aids, Optical Fibers, PERC 2004, Refractive Index, Total Internal Reflection, Web-based Material, educational aids, information systems, optical fibers, reflectivity, refractive index
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F. Mateycik, D. Wagner, J. Rivera, and S. Jennings, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2004, Sacramento, California, 2004, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9559&DocID=3452).
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F. Mateycik, D. Wagner, J. Rivera, and S. Jennings, Student Descriptions of Refraction and Optical Fibers, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2004, Sacramento, California, 2004, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9559&DocID=3452>.
APA Format
Mateycik, F., Wagner, D., Rivera, J., & Jennings, S. (2004, August 4-5). Student Descriptions of Refraction and Optical Fibers. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2004, Sacramento, California. Retrieved October 22, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9559&DocID=3452
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Mateycik, F, D. Wagner, J. Rivera, and S. Jennings. "Student Descriptions of Refraction and Optical Fibers." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2004, Sacramento, California, August 4-5, 2004. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9559&DocID=3452 (accessed 22 October 2014).
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Mateycik, Frances, Doris J. Wagner, Janet J. Rivera, and Sybillyn Jennings. "Student Descriptions of Refraction and Optical Fibers." Physics Education Research Conference 2004. Sacramento, California: 2004. 169-172 Vol. 790 of PER Conference. 22 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9559&DocID=3452>.
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