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Student understanding of unit vectors and coordinate systems beyond cartesian coordinates in upper division physics courses
written by Marlene Vega, Warren M. Christensen, Brian Farlow, Gina Passante, and Michael E. Loverude
In upper division physics courses students are required to work with various coordinate systems. This skill becomes particularly important when learning Electricity and Magnetism, where the most appropriate coordinate system will often depend on the geometry and symmetry of a problem. This study aims to identify and describe "resources" used by students when answering physics questions regarding unit vectors in non-Cartesian coordinate systems, specifically polar coordinates. Data were collected in the form of written responses and interviews in upper division physics courses at two universities. After deeper analysis we identified several resources that students use in ways that can be productive and unproductive.
Physics Education Research Conference 2016
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, CA: July 20-21, 2016
Pages 364-367
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M. Vega, W. Christensen, B. Farlow, G. Passante, and M. Loverude, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14270&DocID=4624).
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M. Vega, W. Christensen, B. Farlow, G. Passante, and M. Loverude, Student understanding of unit vectors and coordinate systems beyond cartesian coordinates in upper division physics courses, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14270&DocID=4624>.
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Vega, M., Christensen, W., Farlow, B., Passante, G., & Loverude, M. (2016, July 20-21). Student understanding of unit vectors and coordinate systems beyond cartesian coordinates in upper division physics courses. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA. Retrieved December 12, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14270&DocID=4624
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Vega, M, W. Christensen, B. Farlow, G. Passante, and M. Loverude. "Student understanding of unit vectors and coordinate systems beyond cartesian coordinates in upper division physics courses." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, July 20-21, 2016. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14270&DocID=4624 (accessed 12 December 2017).
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Vega, Marlene, Warren M. Christensen, Brian Farlow, Gina Passante, and Michael Loverude. "Student understanding of unit vectors and coordinate systems beyond cartesian coordinates in upper division physics courses." Physics Education Research Conference 2016. Sacramento, CA: 2016. 364-367 of PER Conference. 12 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14270&DocID=4624>.
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