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Compartmentalization of Energy Concepts--Definitions, Ontologies, and Word Associations
written by Timothy A. French, Annette Sanchez, Lauren A. Macur Brousil, and Emma E. Balison
The language used to describe concepts related to energy within the disciplines of physics and chemistry was interpreted in terms of the common definitions and ontologies of energy.  Experts and novices in both domains were asked to define energy, kinetic energy, and potential energy and perform word association tasks as part of a larger semi-structured interview on energy.  The provided responses were coded and analyzed based on definition and ontology to determine consistency.   In general, a range of views on energy was seen, with most novices defining energy as "the ability to do work."  Experts tended to describe energy more generally based on its characteristics.  These are preliminary results related to a larger study looking at the compartmentalization of energy concepts between the domains of chemistry and physics.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 115-118
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10.1119/perc.2015.pr.024
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Metadata instance created December 16, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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T. French, A. Sanchez, L. Macur Brousil, and E. Balison, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13850&DocID=4268).
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T. French, A. Sanchez, L. Macur Brousil, and E. Balison, Compartmentalization of Energy Concepts--Definitions, Ontologies, and Word Associations, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13850&DocID=4268>.
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French, T., Sanchez, A., Macur Brousil, L., & Balison, E. (2015, July 29-30). Compartmentalization of Energy Concepts--Definitions, Ontologies, and Word Associations. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved December 13, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13850&DocID=4268
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French, T, A. Sanchez, L. Macur Brousil, and E. Balison. "Compartmentalization of Energy Concepts--Definitions, Ontologies, and Word Associations." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, July 29-30, 2015. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13850&DocID=4268 (accessed 13 December 2017).
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French, Timothy, Annette Sanchez, Lauren Macur Brousil, and Emma Balison. "Compartmentalization of Energy Concepts--Definitions, Ontologies, and Word Associations." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 115-118 of PER Conference. 13 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13850&DocID=4268>.
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