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Bollen, Laurens; van Kampen, Paul; De Cock, Mieke – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
We have developed, implemented, and assessed a teaching-learning sequence that aims to enhance students' understanding of the divergence and curl of electromagnetic fields. We designed guided-inquiry worksheets based on student difficulties we identified during semiquantitative and qualitative studies and discussions in the literature. A multiple…
Descriptors: Energy, Magnets, Teaching Methods, Concept Formation
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Bollen, Laurens; van Kampen, Paul; Baily, Charles; De Cock, Mieke – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2016
Many students struggle with the use of mathematics in physics courses. Although typically well trained in rote mathematical calculation, they often lack the ability to apply their acquired skills to physical contexts. Such student difficulties are particularly apparent in undergraduate electrodynamics, which relies heavily on the use of vector…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Magnets, Energy, Semi Structured Interviews
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Bollen, Laurens; van Kampen, Paul; De Cock, Mieke – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2015
Understanding Maxwell's equations in differential form is of great importance when studying the electrodynamic phenomena discussed in advanced electromagnetism courses. It is therefore necessary that students master the use of vector calculus in physical situations. In this light we investigated the difficulties second year students at KU Leuven…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Calculus, Electronics, Magnets
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De Cock, Mieke; Janssen, Paul – Physics Teacher, 2013
Most introductory physics courses include a chapter on "RC" circuits in which the differential equations for the charging and discharging of a capacitor are derived. A number of papers in this journal describe lab experiments dealing with the measurement of different parameters in such "RC" circuits. In this contribution, we…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Introductory Courses, Pharmacology