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University Student Conceptual Resources for Understanding Forces
written by Amy D. Robertson, Lisa M. Goodhew, Rachel E. Scherr, and Paula R. L. Heron
We present preliminary results from our investigation of introductory physics students' conceptual resources for understanding forces. We analyzed a total of 1057 student responses to conceptual questions about forces and identified three common, prevalent resources that students used in justifying their answers, including the ideas that forces change the motion of objects, objects that have motion keep that motion, and motion is due to an imbalance of forces. We illustrate some of the ways in which these resources manifested in student responses and discuss how these ideas are continuous with physics understandings. We situate our work in the literature on student thinking about forces and instructor pedagogical content knowledge (PCK).
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 332-335
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Newton's First Law
= Inertia in Motion
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
= Interacting Objects
Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
- Problem Solving
= Representational Use
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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A. Robertson, L. Goodhew, R. Scherr, and P. Heron, University Student Conceptual Resources for Understanding Forces, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14637&DocID=4814>.
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Robertson, A., Goodhew, L., Scherr, R., & Heron, P. (2017, July 26-27). University Student Conceptual Resources for Understanding Forces. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved September 16, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14637&DocID=4814
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Robertson, A, L. Goodhew, R. Scherr, and P. Heron. "University Student Conceptual Resources for Understanding Forces." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14637&DocID=4814 (accessed 16 September 2019).
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Robertson, Amy, Lisa M. Goodhew, Rachel Scherr, and Paula Heron. "University Student Conceptual Resources for Understanding Forces." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 332-335 of PER Conference. 16 Sep. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14637&DocID=4814>.
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