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Physical Review Physics Education Research
written by Ana Susac, Maja Planinić, Andreja Bubić, Lana Ivanjek, and Marijan Palmovic
Previous studies have demonstrated that students have difficulties in applying the wave model of light to explain single-slit diffraction and double-slit interference patterns. In this study, we investigated if students could recognize typical interference and diffraction patterns at all. Eye movements of high-school students were measured while they were identifying patterns produced by monochromatic light on a double slit, single slit, and diffraction grating, and by white light on a diffraction grating. Most students had difficulties with recognizing double-slit interference pattern and diffraction grating pattern of monochromatic light. Identification of the single-slit diffraction pattern was easier probably due to its distinguishable central maximum. The easiest task for students was recognizing the diffraction pattern of white light on an optical grating. Eye-tracking data suggested that even students who incorrectly answered this question were aware that the diffraction grating separates white light into colors. Additionally, eye tracking revealed that students who identified patterns correctly attended more the correct pattern than other options, thus corroborating previous findings. Overall, the results indicate that the recognition of interference and diffraction patterns is quite demanding for students, suggesting that more attention should be paid to observing and understanding basic wave optics phenomena.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 16, Issue 2, Pages 020133
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Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
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- Problem Solving
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- Sample Population
= Age
- Student Characteristics
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General Physics
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- Scientific Reasoning
Optics
- Diffraction
- Geometrical Optics
- Interference
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Eye-tracking, Eye-tracking study, high school optics, optics research, wave optics research
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A. Susac, M. Planinić, A. Bubić, L. Ivanjek, and M. Palmovic, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 16 (2), 020133 (2020), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.16.020133).
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A. Susac, M. Planinić, A. Bubić, L. Ivanjek, and M. Palmovic, Student recognition of interference and diffraction patterns: An eye-tracking study, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 16 (2), 020133 (2020), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.16.020133>.
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Susac, A., Planinić, M., Bubić, A., Ivanjek, L., & Palmovic, M. (2020, November 11). Student recognition of interference and diffraction patterns: An eye-tracking study. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 16(2), 020133. Retrieved October 3, 2022, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.16.020133
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Susac, A, M. Planinić, A. Bubić, L. Ivanjek, and M. Palmovic. "Student recognition of interference and diffraction patterns: An eye-tracking study." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 16, no. 2, (November 11, 2020): 020133, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.16.020133 (accessed 3 October 2022).
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Susac, Ana, Maja Planinić, Andreja Bubić, Lana Ivanjek, and Marijan Palmovic. "Student recognition of interference and diffraction patterns: An eye-tracking study." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 16.2 (2020): 020133. 3 Oct. 2022 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.16.020133>.
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