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Abstract Title: Learning About The Energy Of A Hurricane System Through An Estimation Epistemic Game
Abstract: As part of a study into students' problem solving behaviors, we asked upper-division physics students to solve estimation problems in clinical interviews.  We use the Resources Framework and epistemic games to describe students' problem solving moves. We present a new epistemic game, the "estimation epistemic game". In the estimation epistemic game, students break the larger problem into a series of smaller, tractable problems.  Within each sub-problem, they try to remember a method for solving the problem, and use estimation and reasoning abilities to justify their answers. We demonstrate how a single case study student plays the game to estimate the total energy in a hurricane. Finally, we discuss the implications of epistemic game analysis for other estimation problems.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Bahar Modir
Kansas State University
Department of Physics
116 Cardwell Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: 7853176788
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eleanor C Sayre
Department of Physics
Kansas State University

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