ERIC Number: EJ1162736
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Students' Conceptual Difficulties in Hydrodynamics
Suarez, Alvaro; Kahan, Sandra; Zavala, Genaro; Marti, Arturo C.
Physical Review Physics Education Research, v13 n2 p020132-1-020132-12 Jul-Dec 2017
We describe a study on the conceptual difficulties faced by college students in understanding hydrodynamics of ideal fluids. This study was based on responses obtained in hundreds of written exams complemented with several oral interviews, which were held with first-year engineering and science university students. Their responses allowed us to identify a series of misconceptions unreported in the literature so far. The study findings demonstrate that the most critical difficulties arise from the students' inability to establish a link between the kinematics and dynamics of moving fluids, and from a lack of understanding regarding how different regions of a system interact.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Science Tests, Interviews, College Students, Misconceptions, Motion, Mechanics (Physics), Engineering Education, Equations (Mathematics), Problem Solving, Foreign Countries
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