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Students’ use of conceptual resources for understanding superposition
written by Lauren C. Bauman, Lisa M. Goodhew, and Amy D. Robertson
In this paper, we report the preliminary results of an investigation into introductory physics students' conceptual resources for understanding the principle of superposition. We analyzed 368 written responses to a conceptual question that asked students about situations for which the principle of superposition is useful/relevant. We identified four recurring resources related to superposition: (1) localization; (2) independence; (3) quantifiability; and (4) additiveness. Our objective is to support educators by drawing attention to these resources and by suggesting how they can be taken up alongside students to enhance instruction.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
Pages 38-43
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Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
- Learning Theory
Mathematical Tools
- Problem-Solving Techniques
= Superposition
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
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L. Bauman, L. Goodhew, and A. Robertson, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15249&DocID=5164).
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L. Bauman, L. Goodhew, and A. Robertson, Students’ use of conceptual resources for understanding superposition, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15249&DocID=5164>.
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Bauman, L., Goodhew, L., & Robertson, A. (2019, July 24-25). Students’ use of conceptual resources for understanding superposition. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved September 17, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15249&DocID=5164
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Bauman, L, L. Goodhew, and A. Robertson. "Students’ use of conceptual resources for understanding superposition." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15249&DocID=5164 (accessed 17 September 2021).
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Bauman, Lauren C., Lisa M. Goodhew, and Amy Robertson. "Students’ use of conceptual resources for understanding superposition." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. 38-43 of PER Conference. 17 Sep. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15249&DocID=5164>.
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