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written by Eleanor C. Sayre, Scott V. Franklin, Stephanie Dymek, Jessica W. Clark, and Yifei Sun
We present data from a between-student study on student response to questions on Newton's third law given in two introductory calculus-based physics classes (Mechanics and Electromagnetism) at a large northeastern university. Construction of a response curve reveals subtle dynamics in student learning not capturable by pretesting and post-testing. We find a significant positive effect of instruction that diminishes by the end of the quarter. Two quarters later, a significant dip in correct response occurs when instruction changes from the vector quantities of electric forces and fields to the scalar quantity of electric potential. When instruction returns to vector topics, performance rebounds to initial values.
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Classical Mechanics
- Newton's Third Law
Education Foundations
- Assessment
= Longitudinal
= Methods
- Research Design & Methodology
= Data
= Evaluation
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- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
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American Physical Society
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.010116
NSF Numbers:
0941889
0941378
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.30.lb
Keywords:
RCM, Response curves method
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Metadata instance created April 30, 2012 by Lyle Barbato
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May 18, 2012 by Lyle Barbato
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E. Sayre, S. Franklin, S. Dymek, J. Clark, and Y. Sun, , Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 8 (1), 010116 (2012), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.010116).
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E. Sayre, S. Franklin, S. Dymek, J. Clark, and Y. Sun, Learning, retention, and forgetting of Newton’s third law throughout university physics, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 8 (1), 010116 (2012), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.010116>.
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Sayre, E., Franklin, S., Dymek, S., Clark, J., & Sun, Y. (2012, April 10). Learning, retention, and forgetting of Newton’s third law throughout university physics. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 8(1), 010116. Retrieved February 21, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.010116
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Sayre, E, S. Franklin, S. Dymek, J. Clark, and Y. Sun. "Learning, retention, and forgetting of Newton’s third law throughout university physics." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 8, no. 1, (April 10, 2012): 010116, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.010116 (accessed 21 February 2024).
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Sayre, Eleanor, Scott Franklin, Stephanie Dymek, Jessica Clark, and Yifei Sun. "Learning, retention, and forgetting of Newton’s third law throughout university physics." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 8.1 (2012): 010116. 21 Feb. 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.010116>.
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