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written by Pablo Barniol and Genaro Zavala
In this article we investigate the effect of: 1) the context, and 2) the position of the vectors, on 2D vector addition tasks. We administered a test to 512 students completing introductory physics courses at a private Mexican university. In the first part, we analyze students' responses in three isomorphic problems: displacements, forces, and no physical context. Students were asked to draw two vectors and the vector sum. We analyzed students' procedures detecting the difficulties when drawing the vector addition and proved that the context matters, not only compared to the context-free case but also between the contexts. In the second part, we analyze students' responses with three different arrangements of the sum of two vectors: tail-to-tail, head-to-tail and separated vectors. We compared the frequencies of the errors in the three different positions to deduce students' conceptions in the addition of vectors.
Physics Education Research Conference 2010
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, Oregon: July 21-22, 2010
Volume 1289, Pages 73-76
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10.1063/1.3515252
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0837058
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01.40.Fk
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PERC 2010, graphical vector addition, isomorphic problems, vector addition, vector arrangements
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P. Barniol and G. Zavala, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10388&DocID=1860).
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P. Barniol and G. Zavala, Vector Addition: Effect of the Context and Position of the Vectors presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10388&DocID=1860>.
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Barniol, P., & Zavala, G. (2010, July 21-22). Vector Addition: Effect of the Context and Position of the Vectors. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved July 25, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10388&DocID=1860
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Barniol, Pablo, and Genaro Zavala. "Vector Addition: Effect of the Context and Position of the Vectors." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10388&DocID=1860 (accessed 25 July 2014).
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Barniol, Pablo, and Genaro Zavala. "Vector Addition: Effect of the Context and Position of the Vectors." Physics Education Research Conference 2010. Portland, Oregon: 2010. 73-76 Vol. 1289 of PER Conference. 25 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10388&DocID=1860>.
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