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Vector Addition in Different Contexts
written by Philip Southey and Saalih Allie
The acquisition metaphor of learning is often used by teachers of physics: Students are thought to acquire a particular concept and then transfer this concept to new contexts. For example, one might argue that students acquire the mathematical concept of "vector addition" and then apply it in different physical contexts. In this study, 200 freshmen taking an introductory physics course were asked to calculate total force, total displacement and total momentum in simple contexts involving vector addition at right angles. Another similar group of students were asked to calculate net force, net displacement, and net momentum. When asked to calculate the "net" quantity, students did significantly better than when asked to calculate the "total" quantity. Students did significantly worse when adding momenta as opposed to adding forces or displacements. These results are inconsistent with a basic "acquisition–transfer" perspective of learning. An analysis of subsequent interviews and questionnaires was also conducted.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 243-246
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Classical Mechanics
- Linear Momentum
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
Education Foundations
- Alternative Conceptions
- Communication
= Language
- Student Characteristics
= Skills
Mathematical Tools
- Vector Algebra
= Vector Addition
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2014.pr.057
PACS:
01.40.Fk
Keywords:
Mechanics, PERC 2014, transfer, vector addition
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Metadata instance created April 28, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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P. Southey and S. Allie, Vector Addition in Different Contexts, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13497&DocID=4092>.
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Southey, P., & Allie, S. (2014, July 30-31). Vector Addition in Different Contexts. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved December 11, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13497&DocID=4092
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Southey, Philip, and Saalih Allie. "Vector Addition in Different Contexts." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13497&DocID=4092 (accessed 11 December 2017).
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Southey, Philip, and Saalih Allie. "Vector Addition in Different Contexts." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 243-246 of PER Conference. 11 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13497&DocID=4092>.
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