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Abstract Title: A web-based take-home FCI?
Abstract: We present the performance of nearly 5000 students on a standardized assessment of force and motion (Force Concept Inventory) for two fundamentally different physics curricula; a traditional course based on the Knight text and a reform course based on the text of Chabay and Sherwood, Matter and Interactions (M&I). The traditional course is a standard physics curriculum with particular emphasis on constant force motion. The M&I course is a modern approach to physics instruction with computer modeling and an emphasis on the generality and dynamics of Newton's Second Law. We nd poorer performance for students who have taken the M&I course as compared to students taking the standard course. This under-performance is consistent despite the superior performance by M&I students on common exam problems in other areas of mechanics. We o ffer explanations for this consistent under-performance in the realm of force and motion as well as some results from recent work to combat these misconceptions in the M&I course.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Targeted Session: Innovations and Issues with Conceptual Assessments

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Lin Ding
School of Teaching and Learning, The Ohio State University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Rebecca Lindell, Department of Physics, Purdue University

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