ERIC Number: ED273455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jun
The Origins of Force--Misconceptions and Classroom Controversy.
Steinberg, Melvin S.
Misconceptions associated with the origins of force and the effectiveness of a bridging strategy for developing correct conceptual models in mechanics are identified for high school physics teachers in this paper. The situation investigated was whether a table exerts an upward force on a book. Student misconceptions related to this phenomenon as well as student arguments based on causal reasoning reflecting a unitarian conception of matter are stated. These explanations are contrasted with arguments derived from a unitarian application of the force concept to motion-related effects rather than to the causes of force. An analysis is given of student response to this problem based on five high school physics classes. The merits of this type of lesson are also specified. (ML)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Smith Coll., Northampton, MA.