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Investigate Students’ use of Boundary Conditions using Symbolic Forms
written by Qing X. Ryan, Thu Chau, Homeyra R. Sadaghiani, and Gina Passante
As part of an effort to examine students' understanding about the structure of Boundary Conditions in upper division courses, think-aloud interviews were conducted in the context of both Quantum Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism. In the quantum mechanics task, students were presented with a classic potential step question. In the electricity and magnetism task, students were given a classical question about electromagnetic waves at the boundary of two media. The analysis of the interviews was guided by the use of a theoretical framework: Symbolic forms. Similar symbolic forms were identified in students' work across both contexts. Preliminary analysis suggests that even within the same symbolic form, different conceptual schema can be used. In general, students were able to generate correct symbolic templates while having some difficulty with the underlying conceptual ideas.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 344-347
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Q. Ryan, T. Chau, H. Sadaghiani, and G. Passante, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14640&DocID=4817).
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Q. Ryan, T. Chau, H. Sadaghiani, and G. Passante, Investigate Students’ use of Boundary Conditions using Symbolic Forms, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14640&DocID=4817>.
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Ryan, Q., Chau, T., Sadaghiani, H., & Passante, G. (2017, July 26-27). Investigate Students’ use of Boundary Conditions using Symbolic Forms. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved July 3, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14640&DocID=4817
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Ryan, Q, T. Chau, H. Sadaghiani, and G. Passante. "Investigate Students’ use of Boundary Conditions using Symbolic Forms." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14640&DocID=4817 (accessed 3 July 2020).
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Ryan, Qing, Thu Chau, Homeyra Sadaghiani, and Gina Passante. "Investigate Students’ use of Boundary Conditions using Symbolic Forms." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 344-347 of PER Conference. 3 July 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14640&DocID=4817>.
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