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written by Jessica Clark, Eleanor C. Sayre, and Scott V. Franklin
We present data from a between-student study on student response to questions on Newton's Third Law given throughout the academic year. The study, conducted at Rochester Institute of Technology, involved students from the first and third of a three-quarter sequence. Construction of a response curve reveals subtle dynamics in student learning not captured by simple pre/post testing. We find a a significant positive effect from direct instruction, peaking at the end of instruction on forces, that diminishes by the end of the quarter. Two quarters later, in physics III, a significant dip in correct response occurs when instruction changes from the vector quantities of electric forces and fields to the scalar quantity of electric potential. Student response rebounds to its initial values, however, once instruction returns to the vector-based topics involving magnetic fields.
Physics Education Research Conference 2010
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, Oregon: July 21-22, 2010
Volume 1289, Pages 101-104
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Classical Mechanics
- Newton's Third Law
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
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DOI:
10.1063/1.3515171
NSF Numbers:
0941889
0941378
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.30.Cc
01.30.1b
Keywords:
PERC 2010, forgetting, introductory physics, learning, newton's third law
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J. Clark, E. Sayre, and S. Franklin, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10399&DocID=1871).
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J. Clark, E. Sayre, and S. Franklin, Fluctuations in Student Understanding of Newton’s 3rd Law, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10399&DocID=1871>.
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Clark, J., Sayre, E., & Franklin, S. (2010, July 21-22). Fluctuations in Student Understanding of Newton’s 3rd Law. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved September 18, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10399&DocID=1871
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Clark, J, E. Sayre, and S. Franklin. "Fluctuations in Student Understanding of Newton’s 3rd Law." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10399&DocID=1871 (accessed 18 September 2014).
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Clark, Jessica, Eleanor Sayre, and Scott Franklin. "Fluctuations in Student Understanding of Newton’s 3rd Law." Physics Education Research Conference 2010. Portland, Oregon: 2010. 101-104 Vol. 1289 of PER Conference. 18 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10399&DocID=1871>.
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