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Examining consistency of student errors in vector operations using module analysis
written by Nekeisha Johnson and John B. Buncher
It has been well documented that introductory physics students struggle with vector addition and subtraction. We use the results of a multiple-choice assessment on one-dimensional vector addition and subtraction, administered to students in a large-enrollment algebra-based physics sequence, to explore the consistency in the types of errors students make. The assessment was analyzed using Module Analysis for Multiple Choice Responses, a type of network analysis that highlights groups of responses commonly given together. We find evidence for five distinct modules that are consistent across multiple semesters. Of these groups, two support the method of "closing-the-loop", two are consistent with students performing the wrong operation, and one suggests that students provide an answer independently of whether they were prompted to add or subtract two vectors, though only for vectors that are anti-aligned.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 246-251
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N. Johnson and J. Buncher, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15491&DocID=5339).
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N. Johnson and J. Buncher, Examining consistency of student errors in vector operations using module analysis, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15491&DocID=5339>.
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Johnson, N., & Buncher, J. (2020, July 22-23). Examining consistency of student errors in vector operations using module analysis. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15491&DocID=5339
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Johnson, Nekeisha, and John Buncher. "Examining consistency of student errors in vector operations using module analysis." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15491&DocID=5339 (accessed 1 March 2021).
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Johnson, Nekeisha, and John Buncher. "Examining consistency of student errors in vector operations using module analysis." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 246-251 of PER Conference. 1 Mar. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15491&DocID=5339>.
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