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Abstract Title: Eye movements while interpreting graphical representations of motion
Abstract: Multiple representations are important for learning physics concepts and solving problems (e.g. interpreting text, equations, pictures, diagrams, and/or graphs), yet students often struggle to make sense of these representations. This study investigates how introductory students and graduate students view and interpret motion graphs. Participants viewed several graphs of position, velocity, or acceleration on a computer screen and were asked to match a region of the graph with a description of the object's motion. We compare performance on the questions with audio-recorded explanations and eye movements recorded using an eye tracker.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jennifer Docktor
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Dept. of Physics, 2005 Cowley Hall
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: 608-785-8485
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jose Mestre, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Elizabeth Gire, University of Memphis
Sanjay Rebello, Kansas State University