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Browsing Physics by Subject "Physics education"

Von Korff, Joshua; Rebello, N. Sanjay
(2014)
From the perspective of an introductory calculus course, an integral is simply a Riemann sum: a particular limit of a sum of small quantities. However, students connect those mathematical quantities to physical representations ...

Madsen, Adrian; McKagan, Sarah B.; Sayre, Eleanor C.
(2013)
We review the literature on the gender gap on concept inventories in physics. Across studies of the most commonly used mechanics concept inventories, the Force Concept Inventory and Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation, ...

Ibrahim, Bashirah; Rebello, N. Sanjay
(2012)
Previous studies have reported that students employed different problem solving approaches when presented with the same task structured with different representations. In this study, we explored and compared students’ ...

Ibrahim, Bashirah; Rebello, N. Sanjay
(2013)
In this paper, we report on a project concerned with the role of cognition during problem solving. We specifically explore the categories of mental representations that students work with during problem solving of different ...

Irving, Paul W.; Martinuk, Mathew Sandy; Sayre, Eleanor C.
(2013)
We use epistemological framing to interpret participants’ behavior during group problemsolving sessions in an intermediate mechanics course. We are interested in how students frame discussion and in how the groups shift ...

Hu, Dehui; Rebello, N. Sanjay
(2013)
This study focuses on students’ use of the mathematical concept of differentials in physics problem solving. For instance, in electrostatics, students need to set up an integral to find the electric field due to a charged ...

Jones, Dyan L.; Zollman, Dean A.
(2014)
We present a qualitative study designed to examine how students construct an understanding of the human eye and vision from their knowledge of light and optics. As would be expected, vast differences are shown to exist ...

Hu, Dehui; Rebello, N. Sanjay
(2013)
Calculus is used across many physics topics from introductory to upperdivision courses. The fundamental concepts of differentiation and integration are important tools for solving realworld problems involving nonuniformly ...