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Other

Description:

We investigated students' use of Newton's second law in mechanics and electromagnetism contexts by interviewing students in a two-semester calculus based physics course. We observed that students' responses are consistent with three mental models, Newtonian, Aristotelian, and a hybrid model formed with elements of the first two models. These models appeared in mechanics contexts and were transferred to electromagnetism contexts. We developed an inventory to help instructors identify these models and direct students towards the correct one.

Subjects:

  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9

Keywords:

Newtonian model,NSDL,Education Foundations,Undergraduate (Lower Division),Aristotelian model,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20061003064926727T,Physics Education Research,Assessment,Graduate/Professional,Alternative Conceptions,Hybrid model,General Physics,Life Science,teaching,Higher Education,Undergraduate (Upper Division),Cognition,Physics,classical mechanics,Newton's second law,electromagnetism,physics education,electromagnetic forces,Instruments,General,NSDL_SetSpec_439869,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Education,Technology

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English

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