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Abstract Title: Curriculum development to improve student understanding of rolling motion
Abstract: Prior research on student understanding of rolling motion has led to the identification of some specific difficulties that students have with this topic, including in the case of rolling without slipping.  At the University of Washington, we have been building on this work and are in the process of developing and testing a tutorial based on a relative motion approach to teaching this topic.  Results from questions about rolling motion administered before and after tutorial instruction suggest that this approach may be fruitful.  We are also examining the impact of the tutorial on student understanding of relative motion more generally using 'standard' questions on this topic (e.g., the motion of a boat in a river).  The tutorial and the results from several questions will be presented to illustrate the instructional sequence and ongoing assessment.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A10
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Sheh Lit Chang
University of Washington
and Co-Presenter(s)
Peter S. Shaffer, University of Washington

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