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written by Rachel E. Scherr, Hunter G. Close, Sarah B. McKagan, and Stamatis Vokos
The nature of energy is not typically an explicit topic of physics instruction. Nonetheless, verbal and graphical representations of energy articulate models in which energy is conceptualized as a quasimaterial substance, a stimulus, or a vertical location. We argue that a substance ontology for energy is particularly productive in developing understanding of energy transfers and transformations. We analyze classic representations of energy--bar charts, pie charts, and others--to determine the energy ontologies that are implicit in those representations, and thus their affordances for energy learning. We find that while existing representations partially support a substance ontology for energy and thus the learning goal of energy conservation, they have limited utility for tracking the flow of energy among objects.
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DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.020114
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0822342
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01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha
01.40.J-
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Metadata instance created February 23, 2013 by Lyle Barbato
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February 21, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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R. Scherr, H. Close, S. McKagan, and S. Vokos, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 8 (2), 020114 (2012), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.020114).
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R. Scherr, H. Close, S. McKagan, and S. Vokos, Representing energy. I. Representing a substance ontology for energy, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 8 (2), 020114 (2012), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.020114>.
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Scherr, R., Close, H., McKagan, S., & Vokos, S. (2012, October 19). Representing energy. I. Representing a substance ontology for energy. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 8(2), 020114. Retrieved December 18, 2017, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.020114
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Scherr, R, H. Close, S. McKagan, and S. Vokos. "Representing energy. I. Representing a substance ontology for energy." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 8, no. 2, (October 19, 2012): 020114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.020114 (accessed 18 December 2017).
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Scherr, Rachel, Hunter Close, Sarah B. McKagan, and Stamatis Vokos. "Representing energy. I. Representing a substance ontology for energy." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 8.2 (2012): 020114. 18 Dec. 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.020114>.
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