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written by Dong-Hai Nguyen and N. Sanjay Rebello
This study investigates the common difficulties that students in introductory physics experience when solving problems involving integration in the context of electricity. We conducted teaching-learning interviews with 15 students in a second-semester calculus-based introductory physics course on several problems involving integration. We found that although most of the students could recognize the need for an integral in solving the problem, they failed to set up the desired integral. We provide evidence that this failure can be attributed to students' inability to understand the infinitesimal term in the integral and/or failure to understand the notion of accumulation of an infinitesimal physical quantity. This work supports and extends previous research on students' difficulties with integration in physics.
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American Physical Society
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.7.010113
NSF Number:
0816207
PACS:
01.50.Zv
Keywords:
Calculus Difficulties, Electricity, Interviews
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Metadata instance created May 2, 2012 by Lyle Barbato
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May 9, 2012 by Vince Kuo
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D. Nguyen and N. Rebello, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 7 (1), 010113 (2011), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.7.010113).
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D. Nguyen and N. Rebello, Students' difficulties with integration in electricity, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 7 (1), 010113 (2011), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.7.010113>.
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Nguyen, D., & Rebello, N. (2011, June 28). Students' difficulties with integration in electricity. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 7(1), 010113. Retrieved December 17, 2017, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.7.010113
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Nguyen, Dong-Hai, and N. Sanjay Rebello. "Students' difficulties with integration in electricity." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 7, no. 1, (June 28, 2011): 010113, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.7.010113 (accessed 17 December 2017).
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Nguyen, Dong-Hai, and N. Sanjay Rebello. "Students' difficulties with integration in electricity." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 7.1 (2011): 010113. 17 Dec. 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.7.010113>.
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