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ERIC Number: EJ1046801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1554-9178
Investigating Students' Mental Models about the Quantization of Light, Energy, and Angular Momentum
Didis, Nilüfer; Eryilmaz, Ali; Erkoç, Sakir
Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, v10 n2 p020127-1-020127-28 Jul-Dec 2014
This paper is the first part of a multiphase study examining students' mental models about the quantization of physical observables--light, energy, and angular momentum. Thirty-one second-year physics and physics education college students who were taking a modern physics course participated in the study. The qualitative analysis of data revealed six variations in students' mental models about the quantization of physical observables: scientific model, primitive scientific model, shredding model, alternating model, integrative model, and evolution model. These models were determined to be context dependent. In addition, some students are in a mixed-model state where they use multiple mental models in explaining a phenomenon and use these models inconsistently.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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