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ERIC Number: EJ1062909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: EISSN-1305-8223
Students' Understanding on Newton's Third Law in Identifying the Reaction Force in Gravity Interactions
Zhou, Shaona; Zhang, Chunbin; Xiao, Hua
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v11 n3 p589-599 Jun 2015
In the past three decades, previous researches showed that students had various misconceptions of Newton's Third Law. The present study focused on students' difficulties in identifying the third-law force pair in gravity interaction situations. An instrument involving contexts with gravity and non-gravity associated interactions was designed and conducted among students in junior secondary school, senior high school and university. The finding revealed that students in all grades did statistically worse in gravity interaction contexts and had general difficulties in distinguishing interaction forces and balanced forces. However, students improved their reasoning on third-law force pair with the increase of grade level irrespective of contexts. Special difficulties for junior secondary school students in understanding gravity interaction were also addressed. It is important to emphasize that the educational contexts of gravity interactions should be paid more attention to.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China