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Ongoing research in physics education has demonstrated that physics majors often do not develop a working knowledge of basic concepts in mechanics, even after standard instruction in upper-level mechanics courses. A central goal of this work has been to explore the ways in which students make--or do not make--appropriate connections between physics concepts and the more sophisticated mathematics (e.g., differential equations, vector calculus) that they are expected to use. Many of the difficulties that students typically encounter suggest deeply-seated alternate conceptions, while others suggest the presence of loosely or spontaneously connected intuitions. Analysis of results from pretests (ungraded quizzes), written exams, and informal classroom observations are presented to illustrate specific examples of naïve intuitions and related difficulties exhibited by the students. Also presented are examples of instructional strategies that appear to be effective in addressing these difficulties.
Physics Education Research Conference 2009
Part of the PER Conference Invited Paper series
Ann Arbor, Michigan: July 29-30, 2009
Volume 1179, Pages 3-6
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Education - Applied Research
- Pedagogy
Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
- Cognition
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
Oscillations & Waves
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A preprint of the work is available. A hard copy of the PERC 2009 proceedings is also available.
DOI:
10.1063/1.3266748
NSF Numbers:
0441426
0442388
PACSs:
01.30.Cc
01.40.Fk
01.40.gb
45.20.D-
45.30.+s
45.50.Pk
45.40.-f
Keywords:
PERC 2009, alternative conceptions, cognition., instructional strategies, instructional strategies, mechanics, naive intuitions, physics education research, upper division
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B. Ambrose, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9891&DocID=1523).
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B. Ambrose, Learning about Student Learning in Intermediate Mechanics: Using Research to Improve Instruction presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9891&DocID=1523>.
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Ambrose, B. (2009, July 29-30). Learning about Student Learning in Intermediate Mechanics: Using Research to Improve Instruction. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Retrieved April 19, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9891&DocID=1523
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Ambrose, Bradley S.. "Learning about Student Learning in Intermediate Mechanics: Using Research to Improve Instruction." 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=9891&DocID=1523 (accessed 19 April 2014).
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Ambrose, Bradley S.. "Learning about Student Learning in Intermediate Mechanics: Using Research to Improve Instruction." Physics Education Research Conference 2009. Ann Arbor, Michigan: 2009. 3-6 Vol. 1179 of PER Conference Invited Paper. 19 Apr. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9891&DocID=1523>.
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