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This set of tutorials explores forces and potentials in three dimensions. Students develop the concepts of conservative forces and potentials. The mathematical tools of the gradient,…
  
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P. Barniol and G. Zavala, PERC 2009 Proceedings, 85-88.
In this paper, we investigate common preconceptions that Mexican university students have with the concept of direction of a vector. Students entering a large private Mexican…
  
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J. Hawkins, J. Thompson, and M. Wittmann, PERC 2009 Proceedings, 161-164.
In a series of ten two-dimensional graphical vector addition questions with varying visual representations, most students stuck to a single solution method, be it correct or…
  
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J. Van Deventer and M. Wittmann, PERC 2007 Proceedings, 208-211.
Research has shown that students have difficulties with vectors in college introductory physics courses and high school physics courses; furthermore, students have been shown to…
  
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K. Watson, PERC 2017 Proceedings, 428-431.
Normalization is a particularly important concept within quantum mechanics due to the probabilistic nature of quantum systems. However, students’ understanding of normalization has…
  
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E. Tabachnick, P. Colesworthy, and M. Wittmann, PERC 2017 Proceedings, 384-387.
In the “speed model” of accelerated motion, the terms “speeding up” and “slowing down” are equated with positive and negative acceleration, respectively. As part of the Maine…
  
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S. Brahmia, PERC 2017 Proceedings, 64-67.
Physics experts move fluidly between varied meanings of the negative sign associated with physical quantities. Although researching student understanding of negative numbers is…
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V. Kuo and R. Beichner; Publisher: American Association of Physics Teachers, Phys. Teach., 44 (3), 168-172 (2006).
Most teachers of introductory physics will agree that many students have difficulty with vectors, so much so that we frequently spend a week at the beginning of the semester…
  
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P. Emigh, G. Passante, and P. Shaffer, PERC 2016 Proceedings, 112-115.
As part of a broad investigation of student understanding in physics, we have examined student ability with superposition throughout introductory and upper-division courses in…
  
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J. Buncher, PERC 2016 Proceedings, 56-59.
A recent study of calculus-based introductory physics students found that they performed significantly better on vector addition and subtraction tasks when the questions were given…
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