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Student Understanding of Differentials in Introductory Physics
written by Nathaniel R. Amos and Andrew F. Heckler
Evidence suggests that a major obstacle to student success in the construction of physics integrals is an inability to formulate and interpret differentials and products involving differentials. In differentials training, we conducted a controlled experiment at the introductory level to assess the effects of electronic feedback and physical context. This between-students design featured pairs of similarly-styled training tasks that varied by physical context, either on paper without feedback or on a computer with electronic feedback. A post-test featuring all physical contexts and several transfer questions was given to all conditions. We found significant differences in post-test score among the various physical contexts. Also, training with electronic feedback was seen to outperform both Control and paper-based training without feedback.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 35-38
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N. Amos and A. Heckler, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13958&DocID=4347).
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N. Amos and A. Heckler, Student Understanding of Differentials in Introductory Physics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13958&DocID=4347>.
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Amos, N., & Heckler, A. (2015, July 29-30). Student Understanding of Differentials in Introductory Physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved December 12, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13958&DocID=4347
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Amos, Nathaniel, and Andrew F. Heckler. "Student Understanding of Differentials in Introductory Physics." 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=13958&DocID=4347 (accessed 12 December 2017).
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Amos, Nathaniel, and Andrew F. Heckler. "Student Understanding of Differentials in Introductory Physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 35-38 of PER Conference. 12 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13958&DocID=4347>.
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