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Abstract Title: Student cognitive resources for understanding pressure in fluids
Abstract: We present examples of life science students' use of cognitive resources to reason about pressure in fluids on two complex conceptual tasks: comparing pressure for two different gases and lack of motion in a two straw system. To help us analyze student talk, we propose indicators of in-the-moment productivity. These indicators can also be used by instructors as they guide students in the classroom, as an alternative to looking simply for correctness of student answers.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Parallel Session: Identifying Conceptual Resources for Understanding Physics
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster II

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Daniel E. Young
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
and Co-Presenter(s)
Dawn Meredith, University of New Hampshire