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Characterizing student use of differential resources in physics integration problems
written by Dehui Hu and N. Sanjay Rebello
Developing the skills to set up integrals is critical for students' success in calculus-based physics courses. It requires a high level understanding of both math and physics concepts. Previous studies have shown that students encounter a lot of difficulties when setting up integrals in the context of electricity and magnetism. However, the causes of students' difficulties have not been carefully studied in the past. In order to understand students' solutions and mistakes from a resources perspective, we conducted group teaching/learning interviews with 13 engineering students enrolled in second-semester calculus-based physics. We identified mathematics and physics resources activated by students and used the resource graph representation to describe students' coordination of various resources. The findings of this study provide further insights into students' difficulties with physics problems requiring integration.
Physics Education Research Conference 2012
Part of the PER Conference series
Philadelphia, PA: August 1-2, 2012
Volume 1513, Pages 186-189
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PERC 2012, mathematics, problem solving, resources
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Hu, D., & Rebello, N. (2012, August 1-2). Characterizing student use of differential resources in physics integration problems. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved December 12, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12807&DocID=3341
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Hu, Dehui, and N. Sanjay Rebello. "Characterizing student use of differential resources in physics integration problems." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, August 1-2, 2012. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12807&DocID=3341 (accessed 12 December 2017).
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Hu, Dehui, and N. Sanjay Rebello. "Characterizing student use of differential resources in physics integration problems." Physics Education Research Conference 2012. Philadelphia, PA: 2012. 186-189 Vol. 1513 of PER Conference. 12 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12807&DocID=3341>.
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