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Abstract Title: University students’ understanding on generalized work-energy principle in introductory physics courses: a study in two countries
Abstract: Relations between work and energy are still a source of teaching-learning problems in the first years of university introductory physics courses since they involve abstract concepts and skills of scientific methodology. Considering the previous studies in the literature, the primary objective of this contribution is to identify and document specific difficulties that students show while thinking and reasoning about the relation between work and energy in isolated systems. Our major research question is: what do students understand about the relations between work and energy?
This research consists in the analysis of answers to a work-energy questionnaire administered to students from introductory physics courses at the University of the Basque Country (Spain) and the Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico). In the contribution the results of one of the questions given to students and the general conclusions drawn from their answers will be presented.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Genaro Zavala
Tecnologico de Monterrey
Garza Sada 2501
Monterrey, 64849
Phone: 8183582000
and Co-Presenter(s)
Genaro Zavala, Tecnologico de Monterrey
Jose Gutierrez, University of the Basque Country
Kristina Zuza, University of the Basque Country
Jenaro Guisasola, University of the Basque Country