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Abstract Title: Investigating the Proposed Affordances and Limitations of the Substance Metaphor for Energy
Abstract: This study explores the proposed advantages and disadvantages of the substance metaphor for energy in the context of a computer simulation that illustrates processes of energy transfer and transformation. We examine data from eight interviews conducted with introductory physics students as they used the simulation. We empirically explore the hypotheses that (i) student and (ii) instructional use of the substance metaphor promote specific affordances and limitations. We compare the language used and the affordances and limitations demonstrated by students as they interact with two forms of the simulation: one with an explicit substance metaphor and one without.
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Lisa Goodhew
Seattle Pacific University Department of Physics
3307 3rd Ave W.
Suite 307
Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 3035878579
and Co-Presenter(s)
Amy Robertson, Seattle Pacific University Department of Physics

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