Comparing Student Use of Mathematical and Physical Vector Representations
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Joel Van Deventer and Michael C. Wittmann
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 perform worse on a vector task with a physical context when compared to the same task in a mathematical context. We have used these results to design isomorphic mathematics and physics free-response vector test questions to evaluate student understanding of vectors in both contexts. To validate our test, we carried out task-based interviews with introductory physics students. We used our results to develop a multiple-choice version of the vector test which was then administered to introductory physics students. We report on our test, giving examples of questions and preliminary findings.
Physics Education Research Conference 2007
Part of the PER Conference series Greensboro, NC: August 1-2, 2007 Volume 951, Pages 208-211
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<a href="https://www.compadre.org/portal/items/detail.cfm?ID=9110">Van Deventer, Joel, and Michael Wittmann. "Comparing Student Use of Mathematical and Physical Vector Representations." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, August 1-2, 2007.</a>
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J. Van Deventer and M. Wittmann, Comparing Student Use of Mathematical and Physical Vector Representations, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, 2007, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9110&DocID=2023>.
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Van Deventer, J., & Wittmann, M. (2007, August 1-2). Comparing Student Use of Mathematical and Physical Vector Representations. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC. Retrieved July 23, 2024, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9110&DocID=2023
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Van Deventer, Joel, and Michael Wittmann. "Comparing Student Use of Mathematical and Physical Vector Representations." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, August 1-2, 2007. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9110&DocID=2023 (accessed 23 July 2024).
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Van Deventer, Joel, and Michael Wittmann. "Comparing Student Use of Mathematical and Physical Vector Representations." Physics Education Research Conference 2007. Greensboro, NC: 2007. 208-211 Vol. 951 of PER Conference. 23 July 2024 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9110&DocID=2023>.
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Title = {Comparing Student Use of Mathematical and Physical Vector Representations},
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Pages = {208-211},
Address = {Greensboro, NC},
Series = {PER Conference},
Volume = {951},
Month = {August 1-2},
Year = {2007}
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