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Guisasola, Jenaro; Zubimendi, Jose L.; Zuza, Kristina – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2010
We examine the pedagogical suitability of introducing a teaching sequence for the concept of electrical capacitance within the context of charging a body. This short sequence targets first year university students and was designed following students' common conceptions on this topic. The evaluation is made by comparing the results with a control…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Physics, Science Instruction, Energy
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Guisasola, Jenaro; Almudi, Jose M.; Salinas, Julia; Zuza, Kristina; Ceberio, Mikel – European Journal of Physics, 2008
This study aims to analyse university students' reasoning regarding two laws of electromagnetism: Gauss's law and Ampere's law. It has been supposed that the problems seen in understanding and applying both laws do not spring from students' misconceptions. Students habitually use reasoning known in the literature as 'common sense' methodology that…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, College Students, Magnets, Scientific Concepts