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Abstract Title: Students' Initial Representations of Light in College Physics
Abstract: We report on college physics students' prior diagrammatic knowledge
about light propagation and optics.  At the beginning of the second
semester of introductory college physics, students were asked to draw
a diagram of light being emitted in all directions from a small source.
An analysis of these initial diagrams demonstrates the diversity of
students' prior knowledge as well as the relative prevalence of
some initial misconceptions in geometric and physical optics.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Craig Wiegert
University of Georgia
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Athens, GA 30602-2451
Phone: 706-542-4023
Fax: 706-542-2492
and Co-Presenter(s)
Cameron Zahedi, University of Georgia