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Physics Education
written by Amy D. Robertson, Lisa M. Goodhew, Paula R. L. Heron, and Rachel E. Scherr
Existing accounts of student thinking about mechanical wave propagation and superposition emphasize that students sometimes treat wave pulses as objects, saying, for example, that pulses bounce off of one another when they meet. In this paper, we present a context in which students explicitly reason about pulses as not-objects, instead describing pulses as disturbances or energy and arguing that pulses can be in the same place at the same time. Our analysis highlights that students have resources for thinking about mechanical wave pulses and that student thinking is context-dependent.
Physics Education: Volume 54, Issue 5, Pages 055023
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10.1088/1361-6552/ab2aff
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conceptions about superposition, conceptions about waves, wave superposition
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A. Robertson, L. Goodhew, P. Heron, and R. Scherr, , Phys. Educ. 54 (5), 055023 (2019), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6552/ab2aff).
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A. Robertson, L. Goodhew, P. Heron, and R. Scherr, Pulses as not-objects: student responses to a new question about the superposition of mechanical waves, Phys. Educ. 54 (5), 055023 (2019), <https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6552/ab2aff>.
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Robertson, A., Goodhew, L., Heron, P., & Scherr, R. (2019, July 22). Pulses as not-objects: student responses to a new question about the superposition of mechanical waves. Phys. Educ., 54(5), 055023. Retrieved July 19, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6552/ab2aff
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Robertson, A, L. Goodhew, P. Heron, and R. Scherr. "Pulses as not-objects: student responses to a new question about the superposition of mechanical waves." Phys. Educ. 54, no. 5, (July 22, 2019): 055023, https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6552/ab2aff (accessed 19 July 2024).
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Robertson, Amy, Lisa M. Goodhew, Paula R. L. Heron, and Rachel Scherr. "Pulses as not-objects: student responses to a new question about the superposition of mechanical waves." Phys. Educ. 54.5 (2019): 055023. 19 July 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6552/ab2aff>.
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