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Students’ use of symbolic forms when constructing differential length elements
written by Benjamin P. Schermerhorn and John R. Thompson
As part of an effort to examine students' understanding of the structure of non-Cartesian coordinate systems and the differential vector elements associated with these systems, students in junior-level electricity and magnetism (E&M) were interviewed in pairs. Students constructed differential length and volume elements for an unconventional spherical coordinate system. A symbolic forms analysis found that students invoked known as well as novel symbolic forms when building these vector expressions. Further analysis suggests that student difficulties were primarily conceptual rather than symbolic.
Physics Education Research Conference 2016
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, CA: July 20-21, 2016
Pages 312-315
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B. Schermerhorn and J. Thompson, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14257&DocID=4611).
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B. Schermerhorn and J. Thompson, Students’ use of symbolic forms when constructing differential length elements, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14257&DocID=4611>.
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Schermerhorn, B., & Thompson, J. (2016, July 20-21). Students’ use of symbolic forms when constructing differential length elements. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA. Retrieved June 25, 2017, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14257&DocID=4611
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Schermerhorn, Benjamin P., and John Thompson. "Students’ use of symbolic forms when constructing differential length elements." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, July 20-21, 2016. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14257&DocID=4611 (accessed 25 June 2017).
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Schermerhorn, Benjamin P., and John Thompson. "Students’ use of symbolic forms when constructing differential length elements." Physics Education Research Conference 2016. Sacramento, CA: 2016. 312-315 of PER Conference. 25 June 2017 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14257&DocID=4611>.
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