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Student learning of critical circuits concepts in physics and engineering*
written by Kevin L. Van De Bogart and MacKenzie R. Stetzer
As part of a new effort to investigate the learning and teaching of concepts in thermodynamics and electronics that are integral to both undergraduate physics and engineering programs, we have been examining student learning in electrical engineering and physics courses on circuits and electronics. Due to the considerable overlap in the content coverage, we have been able to administer the same (or similar) questions to students in both disciplines. A major goal of this work is to investigate the impact of disciplinary context on the nature of student understanding, including the prevalence of specific difficulties. This paper focuses on foundational concepts of circuit loading that are critical to the design and analysis of circuits covered in both courses investigated. In this preliminary investigation, we find that between one-quarter and one-third of students in both disciplines still struggle with basic concepts of voltage division and loading after electronics instruction.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 251-254
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
- Student Characteristics
Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
= Circuit Analysis
= Ohm's Law
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2014.pr.059
NSF Numbers:
1323426
0962805
PACSs:
01.30.Cc
01.40.Fk
07.50.Ek
Keywords:
PERC 2014, analog electronics, circuit loading, electrical engineering
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Metadata instance created April 28, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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May 5, 2015 by Bruce Mason
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K. Van De Bogart and M. Stetzer, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13499&DocID=4094).
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K. Van De Bogart and M. Stetzer, Student learning of critical circuits concepts in physics and engineering*, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13499&DocID=4094>.
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Van De Bogart, K., & Stetzer, M. (2014, July 30-31). Student learning of critical circuits concepts in physics and engineering*. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved October 24, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13499&DocID=4094
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Van De Bogart, Kevin, and MacKenzie R. Stetzer. "Student learning of critical circuits concepts in physics and engineering*." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13499&DocID=4094 (accessed 24 October 2021).
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Van De Bogart, Kevin, and MacKenzie R. Stetzer. "Student learning of critical circuits concepts in physics and engineering*." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 251-254 of PER Conference. 24 Oct. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13499&DocID=4094>.
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