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To fill the need for a tool testing introductory, undergraduates' knowledge of basic concepts in electricity and magnetism (EM), the investigator has developed a sixty-six item, multiple-choice diagnostic exam (DEEM). The exam is intended to provide physics instructors with a psychometrically sound instrument that serves three general purposes: (1) gauge students' pre-instructional knowledge (baseline assessment), assess students' post-instructional achievement, and provide scores to determine students' conceptual learning gains; (2) yield results that are maximally diagnostic to instructors by highlighting students' most common misconceptions and reveling patterns of responses which are easily interpreted by physics instructors; and (3) provide the physics education research community with a tool to measure the relative effectiveness of various curricula.

The exam covers the following basic concepts of EM: forces on charged particles in electric or magnetic fields; properties of electric fields and magnetic fields; properties of electrostatic potential and potential energy; Maxwell's Equations; and induction, with Lenz's Law. Items comprising the DEEM do not require calculus, explicit calculations, or memorization of fundamental constants; are pictorially based; and generally explore high-symmetry scenarios.
University: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Academic Department:  Physics
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education Foundations
- Assessment
= Instruments
Electricity & Magnetism
- General
- Graduate/Professional
- Lower Undergraduate
- Assessment Material
= Test
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© 1998 Jeffery D. Marx
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post-test, pre-test
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Metadata instance created June 15, 2006 by Bruce Mason
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October 14, 2008 by Lyle Barbato
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July 1, 1998
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J. Marx, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1998, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=3786&DocID=114).
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J. Marx, Creation of a Diagnostic Exam for Introductory, Undergraduate Electricity and Magnetism, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1998, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=3786&DocID=114>.
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Marx, J. (1998, July 1). Creation of a Diagnostic Exam for Introductory, Undergraduate Electricity and Magnetism (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1998). Retrieved November 23, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=3786&DocID=114
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Marx, Jeffrey. "Creation of a Diagnostic Exam for Introductory, Undergraduate Electricity and Magnetism." Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1998. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=3786&DocID=114 (accessed 23 November 2014).
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Marx, Jeffrey. "Creation of a Diagnostic Exam for Introductory, Undergraduate Electricity and Magnetism." 1 July 1998. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1998. 23 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=3786&DocID=114>.
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