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ERIC Number: EJ775637
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Conceptual Difficulties with Rates of Change, or Zeno Redux
Newburgh, Ronald
Physics Education, v37 n2 p147-151 Mar 2002
A simple circuit problem treating an inductor, resistor and battery in series has uncovered a basic misconception of first-year students. The misconception is not about circuits or electrical properties but concerns rather the meaning and interpretation of the rate of change (instantaneous slope or derivative) of physical quantities. Resolving the misconception required much dialogue with the students until I could understand their thinking. How it was resolved can serve as a model to help students confront their misconceptions. An amusing footnote is that they were thinking exactly as did Zeno over 2000 years ago when he formulated his motion paradoxes. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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