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The effect of similar surface features on students’ understanding of the interaction of charges with electric and magnetic fields
written by Eder Hernandez, Esmeralda Campos, Pablo Barniol, and Genaro Zavala
The literature in student problem-solving abilities in PER has pointed out that novices tend to focus on the surface features of a problem, instead of the underlying principles. In Electricity and Magnetism (E&M) courses, students can confuse the concepts of electric and magnetic fields, which are often represented in problems with similar surface features. It is important to compare the students' performance on these type of problems to evaluate their understanding of these topics. With this aim, we conducted a study to explore students' performance in E&M open-ended problems presented with similar surface features. We applied two versions of a questionnaire, one with electricity and one with magnetism problems, to 322 introductory E&M students. In this study, we present some results focusing on a comparison between students' understanding of electric and magnetic fields in questions regarding electric charges in uniform fields, both at rest and in motion.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
Pages 220-225
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electric Fields and Potential
= Electric Field
- Electrostatics
= Charge
- Magnetic Fields and Forces
= Magnetic Fields
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
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E. Hernandez, E. Campos, P. Barniol, and G. Zavala, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15279&DocID=5190).
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E. Hernandez, E. Campos, P. Barniol, and G. Zavala, The effect of similar surface features on students’ understanding of the interaction of charges with electric and magnetic fields, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15279&DocID=5190>.
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Hernandez, E., Campos, E., Barniol, P., & Zavala, G. (2019, July 24-25). The effect of similar surface features on students’ understanding of the interaction of charges with electric and magnetic fields. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved September 20, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15279&DocID=5190
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Hernandez, E, E. Campos, P. Barniol, and G. Zavala. "The effect of similar surface features on students’ understanding of the interaction of charges with electric and magnetic fields." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15279&DocID=5190 (accessed 20 September 2020).
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Hernandez, Eder, Esmeralda Campos, Pablo Barniol, and Genaro Zavala. "The effect of similar surface features on students’ understanding of the interaction of charges with electric and magnetic fields." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. 220-225 of PER Conference. 20 Sep. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15279&DocID=5190>.
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