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Exploring student facility with "goes like'' reasoning in introductory physics
written by Charlotte Zimmerman, Alexis Olsho, Suzanne White Brahmia, Andrew Boudreaux, Trevor I. Smith, and Philip Eaton
Covariational reasoning--reasoning about how changes in one quantity relate to changes in another quantity--has been examined extensively in mathematics education research. Little research has been done, however, on covariational reasoning in introductory physics contexts. We explore one aspect of covariational reasoning: "goes like" reasoning. "Goes like" reasoning refers to ways physicists relate two quantities through a simplified function. For example, physicists often say that "the electric field goes like one over r squared." While this reasoning mode is used regularly by physicists and physics instructors, how students make sense of and use it remains unclear. We present evidence from reasoning inventory items which indicate that many students are sense making with tools from prior math instruction that could be developed into expert "goes like" thinking with direct instruction. Recommendations for further work in characterizing student sense making as a foundation for future development of instruction are made.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 605-610
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C. Zimmerman, A. Olsho, S. Brahmia, A. Boudreaux, T. Smith, and P. Eaton, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15549&DocID=5397).
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C. Zimmerman, A. Olsho, S. Brahmia, A. Boudreaux, T. Smith, and P. Eaton, Exploring student facility with "goes like'' reasoning in introductory physics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15549&DocID=5397>.
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Zimmerman, C., Olsho, A., Brahmia, S., Boudreaux, A., Smith, T., & Eaton, P. (2020, July 22-23). Exploring student facility with "goes like'' reasoning in introductory physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15549&DocID=5397
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Zimmerman, C, A. Olsho, S. Brahmia, A. Boudreaux, T. Smith, and P. Eaton. "Exploring student facility with "goes like'' reasoning in introductory physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15549&DocID=5397 (accessed 1 March 2021).
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Zimmerman, Charlotte, Alexis Olsho, Suzanne White Brahmia, Andrew Boudreaux, Trevor I. Smith, and Philip Eaton. "Exploring student facility with "goes like'' reasoning in introductory physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 605-610 of PER Conference. 1 Mar. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15549&DocID=5397>.
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