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Revealing Differences Between Curricula Using the Colorado Upper-Division Electrostatics Diagnostic
written by Justyna P. Zwolak and Corinne A. Manogue
The Colorado Upper-Division Electrostatics (CUE) Diagnostic is an exam developed as part of the curriculum reform at the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU). It was designed to assess conceptual learning within upper-division electricity and magnetism (E&M). Using the CUE, we have been documenting students' understanding of E&M at Oregon State University (OSU) over a period of 5 years. Our analysis indicates that the CUE identifies concepts that are generally difficult for students, regardless of the curriculum. The overall pattern of OSU students' scores reproduces the pattern reported by Chasteen et al. at CU. There are, however, some important differences that we will address. In particular, our students struggle with the CUE problems involving separation of variables and boundary conditions. We will discuss the possible causes for this, as well as steps that may rectify the situation.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 295 - 298
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DOI:
10.1119/perc.2014.pr.070
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01.40.Fk
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41.20.Cv
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Assessment, PERC 2014
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Metadata instance created April 28, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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J. Zwolak and C. Manogue, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13509&DocID=4104).
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J. Zwolak and C. Manogue, Revealing Differences Between Curricula Using the Colorado Upper-Division Electrostatics Diagnostic, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13509&DocID=4104>.
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Zwolak, J., & Manogue, C. (2014, July 30-31). Revealing Differences Between Curricula Using the Colorado Upper-Division Electrostatics Diagnostic. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved December 16, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13509&DocID=4104
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Zwolak, Justyna, and Corinne Manogue. "Revealing Differences Between Curricula Using the Colorado Upper-Division Electrostatics Diagnostic." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13509&DocID=4104 (accessed 16 December 2017).
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Zwolak, Justyna, and Corinne Manogue. "Revealing Differences Between Curricula Using the Colorado Upper-Division Electrostatics Diagnostic." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 295 - 298 of PER Conference. 16 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13509&DocID=4104>.
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