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American Journal of Physics
written by Lana Ivanjek, Peter S. Shaffer, Lillian C. McDermott, Maja Planinic, and D. Veza
This is the first of two closely related articles (Paper I and Paper II) that together illustrate how research in physics education has helped guide the design of instruction that has proved effective in improving student understanding of atomic spectroscopy. Most of the more than 1000 students who participated in this four-year investigation were science majors enrolled in the introductory calculus-based physics course at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, WA, USA. The others included graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants at UW and physics majors in introductory and advanced physics courses at the University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia. About half of the latter group were preservice high school physics teachers. This article (Paper I) describes how several serious conceptual and reasoning difficulties were identified among students as they tried to relate a discrete line spectrum to the energy levels of atoms in a light source. Paper II illustrates how findings from this research informed the development of a tutorial that led to significant improvement in student understanding of atomic emission spectra.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 83, Issue 1, Pages 85-90
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© 2014 American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
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10.1119/1.4901977
Keywords:
energy levels, light emission, line spectra
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L. Ivanjek, P. Shaffer, L. McDermott, M. Planinic, and D. Veza, , Am. J. Phys. 83 (1), 85 (2014), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4901977).
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L. Ivanjek, P. Shaffer, L. McDermott, M. Planinic, and D. Veza, Research as a guide for curriculum development: An example from introductory spectroscopy. I. Identifying student difficulties with atomic emission spectra, Am. J. Phys. 83 (1), 85 (2014), <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4901977>.
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Ivanjek, L., Shaffer, P., McDermott, L., Planinic, M., & Veza, D. (2014, December 22). Research as a guide for curriculum development: An example from introductory spectroscopy. I. Identifying student difficulties with atomic emission spectra. Am. J. Phys., 83(1), 85-90. Retrieved May 22, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4901977
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Ivanjek, L, P. Shaffer, L. McDermott, M. Planinic, and D. Veza. "Research as a guide for curriculum development: An example from introductory spectroscopy. I. Identifying student difficulties with atomic emission spectra." Am. J. Phys. 83, no. 1, (December 22, 2014): 85-90, https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4901977 (accessed 22 May 2024).
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Ivanjek, Lana, Peter Shaffer, Lillian C. McDermott, Maja Planinic, and D. Veza. "Research as a guide for curriculum development: An example from introductory spectroscopy. I. Identifying student difficulties with atomic emission spectra." Am. J. Phys. 83.1 (2014): 85-90. 22 May 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4901977>.
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