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Meanings of the equals sign in upper-level undergraduate problem solving
written by Dina Zohrabi Alaee, Eleanor C. Sayre, and Scott V. Franklin
The conceptual meaning behind the equals sign depends on its use and can show the cultural significance of different practices in solving physics problems. We use Sherin's symbolic forms to investigate the conceptual and cultural meanings of the equals sign across physics contexts. In this study we build and validate a rubric to classify physics students' use of the equals sign in written homework as assignment, causality, definitional, balancing, calculate, or hybrid. We then analyze students' solutions in their written homework in an upper-division electrostatics course and compare them to textbook solutions.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
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10.1119/perc.2018.pr.Zohrabi_Alaee
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PERC 2018
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Metadata instance created December 31, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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D. Zohrabi Alaee, E. Sayre, and S. Franklin, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14870&DocID=5017).
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D. Zohrabi Alaee, E. Sayre, and S. Franklin, Meanings of the equals sign in upper-level undergraduate problem solving, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14870&DocID=5017>.
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Zohrabi Alaee, D., Sayre, E., & Franklin, S. (2018, August 1-2). Meanings of the equals sign in upper-level undergraduate problem solving. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved March 3, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14870&DocID=5017
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Zohrabi Alaee, D, E. Sayre, and S. Franklin. "Meanings of the equals sign in upper-level undergraduate problem solving." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14870&DocID=5017 (accessed 3 March 2021).
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Zohrabi Alaee, Dina, Eleanor Sayre, and Scott Franklin. "Meanings of the equals sign in upper-level undergraduate problem solving." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 3 Mar. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14870&DocID=5017>.
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