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ERIC Number: EJ1136568
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1931-4744
The Grasp of Physics Concepts of Motion: Identifying Particular Patterns in Students' Thinking
Obaidat, Ihab; Malkawi, Ehab
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v3 n1 Article 19 Jan 2009
We have investigated the grasp of some of the basic concepts of motion by students taking the introductory physics course in Mechanics at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU). We have developed a short research-based multiple-choice test where we were able to extract some information about the state of knowledge of the students. In general, the students were found to have poor understanding. We have analyzed the results of the test using a mathematical function, the concentration factor, which may expose some particularly naïve models of basic physics concepts among students and serve to identify particular patterns in the students' thinking. Based on the outcomes and on our own experience, we have pinpointed some possible factors for the students' low performance. We have also recommended several methods which might enhance the students' understanding of the basic physics concepts.
Centers for Teaching & Technology at Georgia Southern University. IJ-SoTL, Georgia Southern University, Henderson Library 1301, Statesboro, GA 30460. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates
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