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Upper-level students’ conceptual understanding of energy and momentum
written by Alexandru Maries, Mary Jane Brundage, and Chandralekha Singh
The Energy and Momentum Conceptual Survey (EMCS) is a multiple-choice survey that contains a variety of energy and momentum concepts at the level of introductory physics used to help inform instructors of student mastery of those concepts. Prior studies suggest that many concepts on the survey are challenging for introductory physics students and the average student scores after traditional instruction are low. The research presented here uses the EMCS to investigate the extent to which upper-level students have developed mastery of energy and momentum concepts both before and after an upper-level classical mechanics course. To contextualize their performance, it will be presented alongside the performance of introductory students. Additionally, a different set of upper-level students provided explanations for their answers to each question, and those explanations were useful for understanding their common difficulties with energy and momentum concepts. We discuss some of the most challenging questions on the EMCS for upper-level students and common reasons they had difficulty with those questions.
Physics Education Research Conference 2023
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, CA: July 19-20, 2023
Pages 205-210
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Classical Mechanics
- Linear Momentum
- Work and Energy
Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
- Assessment
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- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
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A. Maries, M. Brundage, and C. Singh, Upper-level students’ conceptual understanding of energy and momentum, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2023, Sacramento, CA, 2023, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16584&DocID=5764>.
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Maries, A., Brundage, M., & Singh, C. (2023, July 19-20). Upper-level students’ conceptual understanding of energy and momentum. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2023, Sacramento, CA. Retrieved February 21, 2024, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16584&DocID=5764
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Maries, A, M. Brundage, and C. Singh. "Upper-level students’ conceptual understanding of energy and momentum." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2023, Sacramento, CA, July 19-20, 2023. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16584&DocID=5764 (accessed 21 February 2024).
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Maries, Alexandru, Mary Jane Brundage, and Chandralekha Singh. "Upper-level students’ conceptual understanding of energy and momentum." Physics Education Research Conference 2023. Sacramento, CA: 2023. 205-210 of PER Conference. 21 Feb. 2024 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16584&DocID=5764>.
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