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Exploring Student Difficulties With Observation Location
written by Jaime Bryant, Rita Dawod, Susan M. Fischer, and Mary Bridget Kustusch
Throughout introductory physics, students create and interpret free body diagrams in which multiple forces act on an object, typically at a single location (the object's center of mass). The situation increases in difficulty when multiple objects are involved, and further when electric and magnetic fields are present. In the latter, sources of the fields are often identified as a set of electric charges or current-carrying wires, and students are asked to determine the electric or magnetic field at a separate location defined as the observation location. Previous research suggests students do not always appropriately account for how a measurement or calculation depends on the observation location. We present preliminary results from a studio-style, algebra-based, introductory electricity and magnetism course showing the prevalence of correct and incorrect responses to questions about observation location by analyzing student written work involving vector addition of fields.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 71-74
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PERC 2015, electric field, magnetic field, observation location, vectors
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Metadata instance created December 16, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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J. Bryant, R. Dawod, S. Fischer, and M. Kustusch, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13840&DocID=4258).
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J. Bryant, R. Dawod, S. Fischer, and M. Kustusch, Exploring Student Difficulties With Observation Location, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13840&DocID=4258>.
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Bryant, J., Dawod, R., Fischer, S., & Kustusch, M. (2015, July 29-30). Exploring Student Difficulties With Observation Location. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved December 4, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13840&DocID=4258
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Bryant, J, R. Dawod, S. Fischer, and M. Kustusch. "Exploring Student Difficulties With Observation Location." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, July 29-30, 2015. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13840&DocID=4258 (accessed 4 December 2021).
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Bryant, Jaime, Rita Dawod, Susan Fischer, and Mary Bridget Kustusch. "Exploring Student Difficulties With Observation Location." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 71-74 of PER Conference. 4 Dec. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13840&DocID=4258>.
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