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Introductory Physics Students Retention of Conceptual Understanding of Forces
written by Brian D. Thoms and Paul W. Beaty
A goal of introductory physics courses is to improve students' conceptual understanding of forces and assist them to obtain a Newtonian framework on which they can build further understanding. In both algebra- and calculus-based introductory physics sequences, students completed the Force Concept Inventory (FCI) at the beginning and end of the first course (mechanics) and then again at the beginning of the second course (electricity & magnetism, optics). Since some students delayed taking the second course, a wide range of time gaps exists between the two courses with no intervening instruction in physics. We use a database containing six years of assessments to investigate how retention of conceptual understanding depends on time. We also examine whether the completeness of the Newtonian framework affects retention of force conceptual understanding.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 388-391
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Classical Mechanics
- Newton's Second Law
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
= Longitudinal
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
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B. Thoms and P. Beaty, Introductory Physics Students Retention of Conceptual Understanding of Forces, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14652&DocID=4829>.
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Thoms, B., & Beaty, P. (2017, July 26-27). Introductory Physics Students Retention of Conceptual Understanding of Forces. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved April 7, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14652&DocID=4829
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Thoms, Brian, and Paul W. Beaty. "Introductory Physics Students Retention of Conceptual Understanding of 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=14652&DocID=4829 (accessed 7 April 2020).
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Thoms, Brian, and Paul W. Beaty. "Introductory Physics Students Retention of Conceptual Understanding of Forces." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 388-391 of PER Conference. 7 Apr. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14652&DocID=4829>.
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