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ERIC Number: EJ1173278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
A SiQuENC for Solving Physics Problems
Liao, David
Physics Teacher, v56 n4 p264-265 Apr 2018
Students often struggle in AP Physics 1 because they have not been previously trained to develop qualitative arguments. Extensive literature on multiple representations and qualitative reasoning provides strategies to address this challenge. Table I presents three examples, including SiQuENC, which I adapted from a strategy promoted by Etkina et al. To remind students that they can use qualitative reasoning (e.g., arguing from proportionalities), rather than relying only on algebra, I replaced "Solve" with "Analyze." I added a "Communicate" step to guide planning of written responses to AP Physics 1 and 2 questions. To perform this step, draw a circled number around each key point identified in figures, equations, and sentence fragments. Then, convert numbered points into sentences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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