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European Journal of Physics
written by K. K. Mashood and Vijay A. Singh
We present the development, administration, and analysis of a focused inventory on the rotational kinematics of a rigid body around a fixed axis. The inventory, which is made up of 13 multiple-choice questions, was developed on the basis of interactions with students and teachers. The systematic and iterative aspects of the construction of the inventory are illustrated. The questions, which were validated, were administered to a set of teachers (N = 25) and two groups of preuniversity students (N = 74 and 905) in India. Students, as well as teachers, exhibited difficulties in applying the operational definition of angular velocity to a rigid body. Many erroneously assumed that an angular acceleration cannot exist without a net torque. Patterns of reasoning resulting in errors were identified and categorized under four broad themes. These include inappropriate extensions of familiar procedural practices, reasoning cued by primitive elements in thought, lack of differentiation between related but distinct concepts, and indiscriminate use of equations. The inventory was also administered to introductory-level students (N = 384) at the University of Washington. Popular distractors to most items were similar to the Indian students.
European Journal of Physics: Volume 36, Issue 4, Pages 1-20
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Classical Mechanics
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= 2D Velocity
- Rotational Dynamics
Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
- Assessment
= Instruments
- Teacher Characteristics
= Content Knowledge
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2015 IOP Publishing Ltd.
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10.1088/0143-0807/36/4/045020
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K. Mashood and V. Singh, Eur. J. Phys. 36 (4), 1 (2015), WWW Document, (http://doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/36/4/045020).
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K. Mashood and V. Singh, Rotational kinematics of a rigid body about a fixed axis: Development and analysis of an inventory, Eur. J. Phys. 36 (4), 1 (2015), <http://doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/36/4/045020>.
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Mashood, K., & Singh, V. (2015, June 10). Rotational kinematics of a rigid body about a fixed axis: Development and analysis of an inventory. Eur. J. Phys., 36(4), 1-20. Retrieved October 25, 2020, from http://doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/36/4/045020
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Mashood, K. K., and Vijay Singh. "Rotational kinematics of a rigid body about a fixed axis: Development and analysis of an inventory." Eur. J. Phys. 36, no. 4, (June 10, 2015): 1-20, http://doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/36/4/045020 (accessed 25 October 2020).
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Mashood, K. K., and Vijay Singh. "Rotational kinematics of a rigid body about a fixed axis: Development and analysis of an inventory." Eur. J. Phys. 36.4 (2015): 1-20. 25 Oct. 2020 <http://doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/36/4/045020>.
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