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A Comparison of Visual Representations of E&M Plane Waves
written by Michael Wilson and Robert J. Beichner
It is well known that plane waves in electricity and magnetism (E&M) are misunderstood by students. Particularly, the traditional visual representation of these plane waves is misleading, and students are confused by the waves' three-dimensionality. A possible improvement has been designed using an animated vector field. Graduate physics students were presented two different visual representations of E&M plane waves. The students were asked to describe what each visual represents in detail. Students' reactions to those two representations are compared and the content delivered in each visualization is assessed, suggesting that the advantages of the animated vector field may be significant.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Instructional Material Design
= Simulation
- Technology
= Multimedia
Education - Basic Research
- Learning Theory
= Representations
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Radiation
Mathematical Tools
- Vector Calculus
= Vector Field
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
- Upper Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1119/perc.2018.pr.Wilson
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Metadata instance created December 31, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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M. Wilson and R. Beichner, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14867&DocID=5014).
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M. Wilson and R. Beichner, A Comparison of Visual Representations of E&M Plane Waves, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14867&DocID=5014>.
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Wilson, M., & Beichner, R. (2018, August 1-2). A Comparison of Visual Representations of E&M Plane Waves. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved March 3, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14867&DocID=5014
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Wilson, Michael, and Robert Beichner. "A Comparison of Visual Representations of E&M Plane Waves." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14867&DocID=5014 (accessed 3 March 2021).
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Wilson, Michael, and Robert Beichner. "A Comparison of Visual Representations of E&M Plane Waves." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 3 Mar. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14867&DocID=5014>.
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