ERIC Number: EJ1025239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
Is a Simple Measurement Task a Roadblock to Student Understanding of Wave Phenomena?
Kryjevskaia, Mila; Stetzer, MacKenzie R.; Heron, Paula R. L
Physics Teacher, v51 n9 p560-563 Dec 2012
We present results from our ongoing investigation of student understanding of periodic waves and interference phenomena at the introductory physics level. We have found that many students experience significant difficulties when they attempt to express a distance of interest in terms of the wavelength of a periodic wave. We argue that for these students such difficulties may be a significant barrier to understanding important wave phenomena such as interference and diffraction.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Introductory Courses, Mechanics (Physics), Measurement, Interference (Language)
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