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written by Laurence Viennot and P Colin
This paper focuses on difficulties linked to situations in physics involving two models: geometrical optics and wave optics. The starting point is an investigation of university-level students' difficulties. Excerpts from textbooks are given, to illustrate potential difficulties. A content analysis is then presented, underlining two important features required for dealing with such situations: awareness of the status of the drawings, and the "backward selection" of paths of light. These features could provide some guidelines for the designing of innovative teaching strategies.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 69, Issue S1, Pages S36-S44
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10.1119/1.1371256
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Educational Strategies, Higher Education, Models, Optics, Physics, Science Instruction
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L. Viennot and P. Colin, Am. J. Phys. 69 (S1), S36 (2001), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1371256).
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L. Viennot and P. Colin, Using two models in optics: Students' difficulties and suggestions for teaching Am. J. Phys. 69 (S1), S36 (2001), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1371256>.
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Viennot, L., & Colin, P. (2001, July 1). Using two models in optics: Students' difficulties and suggestions for teaching. Am. J. Phys., 69(S1), S36-S44. Retrieved September 18, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1371256
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Viennot, Laurence, and P Colin. "Using two models in optics: Students' difficulties and suggestions for teaching." Am. J. Phys. 69, no. S1, (July 1, 2001): S36-S44, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1371256 (accessed 18 September 2014).
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Viennot, Laurence, and P Colin. "Using two models in optics: Students' difficulties and suggestions for teaching." Am. J. Phys. 69.S1 (2001): S36-S44. 18 Sep. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1371256>.
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