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ERIC Number: EJ775641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Implicit Theories of Static Interactions between Two Bodies
Montanero, M.; Suero, M. I.; Perez, A. L.; Pardo, P. J.
Physics Education, v37 n4 p318-323 Jul 2002
There are many spontaneous conceptions related to the principle of action and reaction for two bodies in static contact. A study of a broad sample of students showed Newton's third law to be a great unknown for most of them. The conceptions were found to be consistent, forming authentic minitheories (implicit theories) with general laws governing the interactions. This consistency evolves over the course of the students' education, reflecting changes in their modes of learning. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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