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Students’ conversion from electric field line diagrams to other representations
written by Esmeralda Campos, Genaro Zavala, Kristina Zuza, and Jenaro Guisasola
In electricity and magnetism (E&M) courses, students have difficulties understanding the concept of electric field. Because of its abstract nature, students can only understand the concept of electric field through the use of representations, such as the algebraic notation, the vector field representation and electric field lines diagrams. We aim to analyze how students understand the concept of electric field when converting from electric field lines diagrams to the vector field plot and to the algebraic notation. We conducted a study with 64 introductory engineering physics students after their E&M course. Students answered a question shown with an electric field lines diagram and were asked to convert to either the vector field plot or the algebraic notation. We analyzed students' answers based on how they recognize the magnitude and direction of the field in the diagram and convert to the desired representations. The results suggest that most students have difficulties interpreting the electric field lines diagram.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
Pages 81-86
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Campos, E., Zavala, G., Zuza, K., & Guisasola, J. (2019, July 24-25). Students’ conversion from electric field line diagrams to other representations. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved October 22, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15259&DocID=5171
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Campos, E, G. Zavala, K. Zuza, and J. Guisasola. "Students’ conversion from electric field line diagrams to other representations." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15259&DocID=5171 (accessed 22 October 2021).
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Campos, Esmeralda, Genaro Zavala, Kristina Zuza, and Jenaro Guisasola. "Students’ conversion from electric field line diagrams to other representations." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. 81-86 of PER Conference. 22 Oct. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15259&DocID=5171>.
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