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Abstract Title: nTIPERs: Tasks to Help Students "Unpack" Aspects of Newtonian Dynamics
Abstract: This poster will present examples of tasks, focused on the concept of force, that can be used to identify students' initial (natural) thinking and then facilitate comparing and contrasting their ideas with the physically accepted ideas. Doing this with these TIPER tasks can help students make sense of the physics they are studying, rather than just memorizing the physically accepted ideas.  We will present several related tasks that deal with different aspects of the force concept, e.g., force proportional to velocity, force as a property of an object, force calculated from mass times acceleration and examples of student responses that indicate such thinking.  We will also present ideas for how to use nTIPERs.
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: Facilitating thinking and learning in the physics classroom

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: David P. Maloney
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
and Co-Presenter(s)
Curtis Hieggelke, Joliet Junior College
Steve Kanim, New Mexico State University