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Eaton, Philip; Johnson, Keith; Barrett, Frank; Willoughby, Shannon – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2019
For proper assessment selection understanding the statistical similarities amongst assessments that measure the same, or very similar, topics is imperative. This study seeks to extend the comparative analysis between the brief electricity and magnetism assessment (BEMA) and the conceptual survey of electricity and magnetism (CSEM) presented by…
Descriptors: Test Theory, Item Response Theory, Comparative Analysis, Energy
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Passante, Gina; Kohnle, Antje – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2019
Time dependence is of fundamental importance for the description of quantum systems, but is particularly difficult for students to master. We describe the development and evaluation of a combined simulation-tutorial to support the development of visual understanding of time dependence in quantum mechanics. The associated interactive simulation…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Simulation, Quantum Mechanics
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Li, Jing; Singh, Chandralekha – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2019
We discuss an investigation of the difficulties that students in a calculus-based university introductory physics course have with electric field and the superposition principle for the case of a continuous charge distribution and how that research was used as a guide in the development, validation, and evaluation of a tutorial on these topics to…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, College Science, Energy
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Keebaugh, Christof; Marshman, Emily; Singh, Chandralekha – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2019
We discuss an investigation of student difficulties with the corrections to the energy spectrum of the hydrogen atom for the intermediate field Zeeman effect using degenerate perturbation theory (DPT). The investigation was carried out in advanced quantum mechanics courses by administering free-response and multiple-choice questions and conducting…
Descriptors: Energy, Scientific Concepts, Quantum Mechanics, Advanced Courses
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Schermerhorn, Benjamin P.; Thompson, John R. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2019
Vector calculus and multivariable coordinate systems play a large role in the understanding and calculation of much of the physics in upper-division electricity and magnetism. Differential vector elements represent one key mathematical piece of students' use of vector calculus. In an effort to examine students' understanding of non-Cartesian…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Student Attitudes, Calculus
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Xiao, Yang; Koenig, Kathleen; Han, Jing; Liu, Jing; Liu, Qiaoyi; Bao, Lei – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2019
Standardized concept inventories (CIs) have been widely used in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education for assessment of student learning. In practice, there have been concerns regarding the length of the test and possible test-retest memory effect. To address these issues, a recent study developed a method to split a CI into…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Science Tests, Energy, Magnets
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Lindsey, Beth A.; Nagel, Megan L.; Savani, Brandi N. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2019
Electrostatic potential energy is a topic of great difficulty for many students. In this paper, we empirically test the utility of two approaches for laying a foundation for developing an understanding of energy in an electrostatic context, with interdisciplinary relevance. We examine student responses to a question about how the potential energy…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Energy, Physics, Chemistry
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Maries, Alexandru; Singh, Chandralekha – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
Drawing appropriate diagrams is a useful problem solving heuristic that can transform a problem into a representation that is easier to exploit for solving it. One major focus while helping introductory physics students learn effective problem solving is to help them understand that drawing diagrams can facilitate problem solution. We conducted an…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Introductory Courses, Comparative Analysis
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Pawlak, Alanna; Irving, Paul W.; Caballero, Marcos D. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
Group work is becoming increasingly common in introductory physics classrooms. Understanding how students engage in these group learning environments is important for designing and facilitating productive learning opportunities for students. We conducted a study in which we collected video of groups of students working on conceptual electricity…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Video Technology, Scientific Concepts, Energy
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Ryan, Qing X.; Wilcox, Bethany R.; Pollock, Steven J. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
Identifying and understanding student difficulties with physics content in a wide variety of topical areas is an active research area within the physics education research community. Of particular value are investigations of physics topics that appear multiple times in different contexts across the undergraduate physics curriculum. As these common…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Energy, Difficulty Level
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Odden, Tor Ole. B.; Russ, Rosemary S. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
Although physics teachers often seek to help their students make sense of physics concepts, our field has yet to thoroughly explore how and why students engage in sensemaking. In this study we use the epistemic games framework to propose a model for students' sensemaking processes. Our analysis of a series of clinical interviews with introductory…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Introductory Courses, Energy
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Etkina, Eugenia; Gitomer, Drew; Iaconangelo, Charles; Phelps, Geoffrey; Seeley, Lane; Vokos, Stamatis – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
Research into teacher learning and practice over the last three decades shows that the teachers of a specific subject need to possess knowledge that is different from the knowledge of other content experts. Yet this specialized version of content knowledge that teachers need to plan instruction, respond to student ideas, and assess student…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Energy, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Karim, Nafis I.; Maries, Alexandru; Singh, Chandralekha – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
The Conceptual Survey of Electricity and Magnetism (CSEM) has been used to assess student understanding of introductory concepts of electricity and magnetism because many of the items on the CSEM have strong distractor choices which correspond to students' alternate conceptions. Instruction is unlikely to be effective if instructors do not know…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Teaching Assistants, Scientific Concepts, Student Surveys
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Maries, Alexandru; Karim, Nafis I.; Singh, Chandralekha – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
Several prior studies in introductory physics have found a gender gap, i.e., a difference between male and female students' performance on conceptual assessments such as the Force Concept Inventory (FCI) and the Conceptual Survey of Electricity and Magnetism (CSEM) with male students performing better than female students. Moreover, prior studies…
Descriptors: Sex Stereotypes, Correlation, Academic Achievement, Females
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Henderson, Rachel; Miller, Paul; Stewart, John; Traxler, Adrienne; Lindell, Rebecca – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
Gender gaps on the most widely used conceptual inventories created by physics education researchers have been extensively studied. Most of the research exploring the consistent gender gaps has been performed at the student level using the total evaluation score; less research has been performed examining these assessments at the item level and…
Descriptors: Sex Fairness, Energy, Physics, Motion
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