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Abstract Title: Toward a Comprehensive Picture of Student Understanding of Force, Velocity, and Acceleration
Abstract: Students' difficulties with conceptual questions about force, velocity, and acceleration have been well documented. However, there has been no single systematic study of student understanding of all paired relations among the concepts of force, velocity and acceleration. For example, a student who believes an object with a net force on it must be moving might not believe an accelerating object must be moving. In this paper, we describe the development of a test to build a more comprehensive picture of student understanding. We also report preliminary data suggesting that there are interesting differences in how students believe force, velocity, and acceleration are related. Specifically there are a higher number of students reporting that force and velocity are directionally related then that acceleration and velocity are directionally related.
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Rebecca Rosenblatt
Department of Physics, The Ohio State University
191 West Woodruff
Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: (217) 766-4002
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eleanor C Sayre
Department of Physics
The Ohio State University
191 West Woodruff
Columbus, Ohio 43201
esayre -at- gmail.com

Andrew F Heckler
Department of Physics
The Ohio State University
191 West Woodruff
Columbus, Ohio 43201
heckler -at- mps.ohio-state.edu