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Student conceptual resources for understanding mechanical wave propagation
written by Lisa M. Goodhew, Amy D. Robertson, Paula R. L. Heron, and Rachel E. Scherr
Here we present preliminary results of our investigation of introductory physics students' conceptual resources for understanding mechanical wave propagation. We analyzed a total of 446 student responses to a conceptual question about pulse propagation and identified two common, prevalent resources: (1) students treat pulses as macroscopic objects moving through a medium whose properties affect their speed, and (2) students treat pulses as propagating local disturbances. We illustrate some of the ways in which these resources manifested in student responses and discuss how we see such ideas as continuous with scientific understanding.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 148-151
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
- Learning Theory
= Representations
- Problem Solving
= Representational Use
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Longitudinal Pulses and Waves
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1119/perc.2017.pr.032
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1256082
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PERC 2017
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Metadata instance created February 26, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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March 1, 2018 by Bruce Mason
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L. Goodhew, A. Robertson, P. Heron, and R. Scherr, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14592&DocID=4769).
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L. Goodhew, A. Robertson, P. Heron, and R. Scherr, Student conceptual resources for understanding mechanical wave propagation, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14592&DocID=4769>.
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Goodhew, L., Robertson, A., Heron, P., & Scherr, R. (2017, July 26-27). Student conceptual resources for understanding mechanical wave propagation. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved July 17, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14592&DocID=4769
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Goodhew, L, A. Robertson, P. Heron, and R. Scherr. "Student conceptual resources for understanding mechanical wave propagation." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14592&DocID=4769 (accessed 17 July 2019).
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Goodhew, Lisa M., Amy Robertson, Paula Heron, and Rachel Scherr. "Student conceptual resources for understanding mechanical wave propagation." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 148-151 of PER Conference. 17 July 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14592&DocID=4769>.
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