ERIC Number: ED182178
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Identification and Examination of Physics Concepts That Students Find Most Difficult.
Fisher, Nina Jo-Anne
The relative apparent difficulty of physics concepts at the grade 11 and 12 level was examined using a questionnaire survey addressed to all physics teachers within the providence of British Columbia. The physics courses were described using 22 concepts to cover the Physics 11 course and 30 concepts to cover the Physics 12 course. Subjects were asked to rate each concept using a 5-point index of difficulty. The second part of the questionnaire involved the identification of sources of difficulty through selection from a prepared list giving fourteen possible reasons. An overall response rate of 65% was obtained. In Physics 11 the most difficult concepts appear to be "vectors in three-dimensions,""projectile motion," and "diffraction of light"; while in Physics 12 the most difficult concepts are "the center-of-mass reference frame," and "simple harmonic motion." In specifying sources of difficulty, 40% of the responses were related to the text materials. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Educational Research Inst. of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Authoring Institution: N/A
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