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Bottlenecks in Solving Synthesis Problems
written by Daniel R. White, Ryan Badeau, Andrew F. Heckler, and Lin Ding
Synthesis problems, which are problems requiring the application of multiple concepts such as energy conservation and kinematics, are common in physics curricula, and improving students' skills in solving such problems is typically a key instructional goal. Despite the prevalence and importance of synthesis problems, many students struggle with them more than with their single-concept counterparts. In order to identify possible bottlenecks on this task, we asked students to solve a problem synthesizing two different topics (including energy, momentum, circular motion, and kinematics) as well as a pair of single-concept problems involving the individual components, varying their sequential order (synthesis + single-concept versus single-concept + synthesis).We found that students' primary difficulties arose not only from the deficiency in applying the individual concepts but also from the inability to recognize the relevance of both concepts, which in some cases may be caused by one dominant concept overshadowing the other.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 267-270
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DOI:
10.1119/perc.2014.pr.063
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1252339
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01.40.Fk
Keywords:
PERC 2014, introductory physics, problem solving
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D. White, R. Badeau, A. Heckler, and L. Ding, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13503&DocID=4098).
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D. White, R. Badeau, A. Heckler, and L. Ding, Bottlenecks in Solving Synthesis Problems, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13503&DocID=4098>.
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White, D., Badeau, R., Heckler, A., & Ding, L. (2014, July 30-31). Bottlenecks in Solving Synthesis Problems. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved April 7, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13503&DocID=4098
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White, D, R. Badeau, A. Heckler, and L. Ding. "Bottlenecks in Solving Synthesis Problems." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13503&DocID=4098 (accessed 7 April 2020).
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White, Daniel, Ryan Badeau, Andrew F. Heckler, and Lin Ding. "Bottlenecks in Solving Synthesis Problems." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 267-270 of PER Conference. 7 Apr. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13503&DocID=4098>.
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