PERC 2013 Abstract Detail Page
|Abstract Title:||Students' Initial Representations of Light in College Physics|
|Abstract:||We report on college physics students' prior diagrammatic knowledge
about light propagation and optics. At the beginning of the second
semester of introductory college physics, students were asked to draw
a diagram of light being emitted in all directions from a small source.
An analysis of these initial diagrams demonstrates the diversity of
students' prior knowledge as well as the relative prevalence of
some initial misconceptions in geometric and physical optics.
|Abstract Type:||Contributed Poster Presentation
University of Georgia
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Athens, GA 30602-2451
|Cameron Zahedi, University of Georgia|