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Abstract Title: Investigating student ability to apply basic electrostatics concepts to conductors
Abstract: In teaching electrostatics and electric circuits, it is necessary to introduce abstract ideas such as electric fields and electric potential before discussions of circuits can take place.  We have found that students in introductory courses can build a functional understanding of some aspects of electric fields and potential, but their understanding of these concepts appears to falter when applied to systems involving conductors.  Some specific examples will be discussed, as well as a first attempt at modifying curriculum to address these difficulties.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Ryan L C Hazelton
University of Washington
and Co-Presenter(s)
Paula R L Heron, University of Washington
MacKenzie R Stetzer, University of Maine

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