home - login - register

Journal Article Detail Page

Physical Review Physics Education Research
written by Qing X. Ryan and Benjamin P. Schermerhorn
In an effort to examine students' understanding about the structure of boundary conditions in upper-division courses, think-aloud interviews were conducted in the context of both quantum mechanics and electricity and magnetism. In the quantum mechanics task, students were presented with a standard potential step scenario. In the electricity and magnetism task, students were given a classical question about electromagnetic waves at the boundary of two media. The analysis of the interviews was guided by the use of a symbolic forms perspective. In this paper, we report the symbolic forms identified in students' work and provide examples of students' reasoning. Generally speaking, students were able to generate the correct symbolic templates while having difficulties with the underlying conceptual ideas. We also discuss instructional implications from this study.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 16, Issue 1, Pages 010122
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Learning Theory
- Problem Solving
= Processes
= Representational Use
- Student Characteristics
= Skills
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Radiation
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Scientific Reasoning
Other Sciences
- Mathematics
Quantum Physics
- Probability, Waves, and Interference
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
PER-Central Type Intended Users Ratings
- PER Literature
- Researchers
- Professional/Practitioners
- Educators
  • Currently 0.0/5

Want to rate this material?
Login here!


Formats:
application/pdf
text/html
Access Rights:
Free access
License:
This material is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.
Rights Holder:
American Physical Society
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.16.010122
NSF Number:
CCLI-1023208
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created June 15, 2020 by Lyle Barbato
Record Updated:
January 5, 2023 by Caroline Hall
Last Update
when Cataloged:
April 24, 2020
ComPADRE is beta testing Citation Styles!

Record Link
AIP Format
Q. Ryan and B. Schermerhorn, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 16 (1), 010122 (2020), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.16.010122).
AJP/PRST-PER
Q. Ryan and B. Schermerhorn, Students’ use of symbolic forms when constructing equations of boundary conditions, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 16 (1), 010122 (2020), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.16.010122>.
APA Format
Ryan, Q., & Schermerhorn, B. (2020, April 24). Students’ use of symbolic forms when constructing equations of boundary conditions. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 16(1), 010122. Retrieved May 29, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.16.010122
Chicago Format
Ryan, Qing, and Benjamin P. Schermerhorn. "Students’ use of symbolic forms when constructing equations of boundary conditions." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 16, no. 1, (April 24, 2020): 010122, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.16.010122 (accessed 29 May 2024).
MLA Format
Ryan, Qing, and Benjamin P. Schermerhorn. "Students’ use of symbolic forms when constructing equations of boundary conditions." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 16.1 (2020): 010122. 29 May 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.16.010122>.
BibTeX Export Format
@article{ Author = "Qing Ryan and Benjamin P. Schermerhorn", Title = {Students’ use of symbolic forms when constructing equations of boundary conditions}, Journal = {Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res.}, Volume = {16}, Number = {1}, Pages = {010122}, Month = {April}, Year = {2020} }
Refer Export Format

%A Qing Ryan %A Benjamin P. Schermerhorn %T Students' use of symbolic forms when constructing equations of boundary conditions %J Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. %V 16 %N 1 %D April 24, 2020 %P 010122 %U https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.16.010122 %O application/pdf

EndNote Export Format

%0 Journal Article %A Ryan, Qing %A Schermerhorn, Benjamin P. %D April 24, 2020 %T Students' use of symbolic forms when constructing equations of boundary conditions %J Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. %V 16 %N 1 %P 010122 %8 April 24, 2020 %U https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.16.010122


Disclaimer: ComPADRE offers citation styles as a guide only. We cannot offer interpretations about citations as this is an automated procedure. Please refer to the style manuals in the Citation Source Information area for clarifications.

Citation Source Information

The AIP Style presented is based on information from the AIP Style Manual.

The AJP/PRST-PER presented is based on the AIP Style with the addition of journal article titles and conference proceeding article titles.

The APA Style presented is based on information from APA Style.org: Electronic References.

The Chicago Style presented is based on information from Examples of Chicago-Style Documentation.

The MLA Style presented is based on information from the MLA FAQ.

Save to my folders

Contribute

Similar Materials