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Curjel, C. R. – American Mathematical Monthly, 1990

Presented are activities that help students understand the idea of a vector field. Included are definitions, flow lines, tangential and normal components along curves, flux and work, field conservation, and differential equations. (KR)

Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Higher Education, Instructional Materials

Setiawan, B.; Septianto, R. D.; Suhendra, D.; Iskandar, F. – Physics Education, 2017

This paper describes the use of an inexpensive smartphone's magnetic sensor to measure magnetic field components (B[subscript x], B[subscript y] and B[subscript z]) induced by current wires in magnetostatic experiments. The variable parameters used to measure the magnetic sensor's capabilities were: the geometrical shapes of the wire, current…

Descriptors: Science Instruction, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Magnets

Markvorsen, Steen – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2008

Using only fairly simple and elementary considerations--essentially from first year undergraduate mathematics--we show how the classical Stokes' theorem for any given surface and vector field in R[superscript 3] follows from an application of Gauss' divergence theorem to a suitable modification of the vector field in a tubular shell around the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Textbooks, Calculus, College Mathematics

Graver, Jack E. – College Mathematics Journal, 2011

A typical first course on linear algebra is usually restricted to vector spaces over the real numbers and the usual positive-definite inner product. Hence, the proof that dim(S)+ dim(S[perpendicular]) = dim("V") is not presented in a way that is generalizable to non-positive?definite inner products or to vector spaces over other fields. In this…

Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Teaching Methods

Kohlmyer, Matthew A.; Caballero, Marcos D.; Catrambone, Richard; Chabay, Ruth W.; Ding, Lin; Haugan, Mark P.; Marr, M. Jackson; Sherwood, Bruce A.; Schatz, Michael F. – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2009

The performance of over 2000 students in introductory calculus-based electromagnetism (E&M) courses at four large research universities was measured using the Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment (BEMA). Two different curricula were used at these universities: a traditional E&M curriculum and the Matter & Interactions (M&I)…

Descriptors: Research Universities, Calculus, Introductory Courses, Predictor Variables

Folvarochnyi, Ihor – Comparative Professional Pedagogy, 2014

The article deals with the problem of adult education in the context of globalization. The analysis of scientific pedagogical literature devoted to studying of some aspects of educational activity in adult education has been conducted. The problem of public institutions development and activity has been analyzed in the broad context of…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Education, Global Approach, Literature Reviews

Kesonen, M. H. P.; Asikainen, M. A.; Hirvonen, P. E. – European Journal of Physics, 2011

This study focuses on students' conceptions of electric and magnetic fields at university level and of the interrelations between them. A total of 33 students participated in a paper and pencil test after the completion of first-year electricity and second-year electromagnetism courses. The conceptions were investigated in the contexts of a…

Descriptors: Optics, Science Instruction, College Science, Scientific Concepts

Warren, William H. – Psychological Review, 2006

How might one account for the organization in behavior without attributing it to an internal control structure? The present article develops a theoretical framework called behavioral dynamics that integrates an information-based approach to perception with a dynamical systems approach to action. For a given task, the agent and its environment are…

Descriptors: Perception, Physical Environment, Systems Approach, Interaction

Sayre, Eleanor C.; Franklin, Scott V.; Dymek, Stephanie; Clark, Jessica; Sun, Yifei – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2012

We present data from a between-student study on student response to questions on Newton's third law given in two introductory calculus-based physics classes (Mechanics and Electromagnetism) at a large northeastern university. Construction of a response curve reveals subtle dynamics in student learning not capturable by pretesting and post-testing.…

Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Student Reaction, Mechanics (Physics), Calculus

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Barnes, Aaron – American Journal of Physics, 1977

Examines the geometrical interpretation of the vector operation curl for vector fields "A" such that "A" dot curl "A" is not equal to zero. (MLH)

Descriptors: College Science, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Mathematical Applications

Yiu, Chang-li; Wilde, Carroll O. – 1979

Vector analysis is viewed to play a key role in many branches of engineering and the physical sciences. This unit is geared towards deriving identities and establishing "machinery" to make derivations a routine task. It is noted that the module is not an applications unit, but has as its primary objective the goal of providing science,…

Descriptors: Answer Keys, College Mathematics, Higher Education, Instructional Materials

Melnichuk, Marina; Varlamova, Alla – Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, 2015

The article deals with the problem of quality assessment in the field of higher education in Russia and the USA. The authors describe the solution of the problem in the modern period of reforms and globalization and the authors' analysis of the main quality assessment approaches is presented in the article. [For the complete Volume 13, Number 2…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Educational Quality, Educational Assessment

Efimova, I. N. – Russian Education and Society, 2014

Global rankings constitute a powerful instrument for the positioning of universities in the world educational space. Institutions that are included on the list of the top five hundred get financial support from the state and from business structures; they attract the best instructors and professors from all over the world. In recognition of this,…

Descriptors: Universities, Institutional Evaluation, Educational Quality, Reputation

Kinsler, Paul; Favaro, Alberto; McCall, Martin W. – European Journal of Physics, 2009

The Poynting vector is an invaluable tool for analysing electromagnetic problems. However, even a rigorous stress-energy tensor approach can still leave us with the question: is it best defined as E x H or as D x B? Typical electromagnetic treatments provide yet another perspective: they regard E x B as the appropriate definition, because E and B…

Descriptors: Physics, Energy, Algebra, Geometric Concepts

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Konopinski, E. J. – American Journal of Physics, 1978

An explicit physical interpretation of the electromagnetic vector potential is indicated as field momentum available for exchange with kinetic momenta of charged matter. (BB)

Descriptors: College Science, Electricity, Energy, Force