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Abstract Title: Using analogy to help students learn Introductory Physics
Abstract: Identifying the physics principles involved in solving problems is a critical step in problem solving. A major goal in physics education is to help students discern the deep similarities between problems based upon the physics principles so that they can transfer what they learned by solving one problem to solve another problem based upon the same principle. We conducted an investigation in which more than 800 algebra and calculus-based introductory physics students were asked explicitly in the quizzes to browse over and learn from a solved problem and then solve another problem that has different surface features but the same underlying physics principles. Different interventions were implemented for different groups to help students process through the physics principles involved deeply. Students' performance on the quizzes after the intervention was analyzed and compared. We will present the findings. This work is supported by NSF.
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: Facilitating thinking and learning in the physics classroom

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Shih-Yin Lin
University of Pittsburgh
100 Allen Hall
3941 O'Hara St
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
and Co-Presenter(s)
Chandralekha Singh, University of Pittsburgh