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Comparing student conceptions and construction of while loops in modeling motion
written by Grace Mackessy, Paul W. Irving, Marcos D. Caballero, and Leanne Doughty
With the integration of computation into physics courses becoming more prevalent to adequately prepare our graduates for the workforce, there is a need for instructional and assessment materials for computational practices. In introductory physics courses, computation is typically used to model motion and so while loops are one of the first components of programs that students encounter. Our study examines and compares students' conception of the while loop following the completion of three computational problems and their engagement with the while loop in a new computational problem. We present three student cases who have similar conceptions of the while loop with aspects including its update function and the connection of lines of code in the while loop, specifically in how force, position, and momentum depend on each other. Despite their similar conception of the while loop, there is a variation in the outcomes of their engagement with the while loop in a new computational problem.
Physics Education Research Conference 2021
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: August 4-5, 2021
Pages 245-250
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- Student Characteristics
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General Physics
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G. Mackessy, P. Irving, M. Caballero, and L. Doughty, , presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15760&DocID=5492).
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G. Mackessy, P. Irving, M. Caballero, and L. Doughty, Comparing student conceptions and construction of while loops in modeling motion, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15760&DocID=5492>.
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Mackessy, G., Irving, P., Caballero, M., & Doughty, L. (2021, August 4-5). Comparing student conceptions and construction of while loops in modeling motion. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference. Retrieved December 8, 2022, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15760&DocID=5492
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Mackessy, G, P. Irving, M. Caballero, and L. Doughty. "Comparing student conceptions and construction of while loops in modeling motion." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, August 4-5, 2021. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15760&DocID=5492 (accessed 8 December 2022).
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Mackessy, Grace, Paul Irving, Marcos D. Caballero, and Leanne Doughty. "Comparing student conceptions and construction of while loops in modeling motion." Physics Education Research Conference 2021. Virtual Conference: 2021. 245-250 of PER Conference. 8 Dec. 2022 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15760&DocID=5492>.
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