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Teaching gravitational potential energy: Student interaction with surface manipulatives
written by Abigail Kimbrough, Paul J. Emigh, Jonathan W. Alfson, and Elizabeth Gire
3D plastic surface models have been used to help students explore mathematical concepts related to functions of two variables. In order to understand how students interact with these models and their associated contour maps, we present analysis of three small groups of students working on an instructional activity designed to help students explore the relationship between gravitational potential energy and force for an Earth-satellite system. Students most often used the surface to examine functional behavior, discuss derivatives, and compare characteristics of the surface. Students often referred to the surface model in their explanations by pointing, gesturing, and tracing (without marking). Students held and drew on the surface less often, and rarely used the contour map. These results indicate that students may need additional support in using the contour map and encouragement to use props to visualize gradient vectors and viewing the surface from different vantage points.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
Pages 288-293
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Classical Mechanics
- Gravity
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- Behavior
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A. Kimbrough, P. Emigh, J. Alfson, and E. Gire, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15288&DocID=5200).
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A. Kimbrough, P. Emigh, J. Alfson, and E. Gire, Teaching gravitational potential energy: Student interaction with surface manipulatives, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15288&DocID=5200>.
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Kimbrough, A., Emigh, P., Alfson, J., & Gire, E. (2019, July 24-25). Teaching gravitational potential energy: Student interaction with surface manipulatives. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved October 22, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15288&DocID=5200
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Kimbrough, A, P. Emigh, J. Alfson, and E. Gire. "Teaching gravitational potential energy: Student interaction with surface manipulatives." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15288&DocID=5200 (accessed 22 October 2021).
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Kimbrough, Abigail, Paul Emigh, Jonathan W. Alfson, and Elizabeth Gire. "Teaching gravitational potential energy: Student interaction with surface manipulatives." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. 288-293 of PER Conference. 22 Oct. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15288&DocID=5200>.
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