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Abstract Title: Investigation of Students' Understanding of Electric Field Concepts and Problem-Solving Strategies
Abstract: Students in algebra-based introductory physics courses are often found to have difficulty in applying their previous knowledge to physics concepts and problem-solving strategies, including electric fields and vector mathematics.  In order to better understand the steps students take in problem-solving and how different instructional methods affect them, we have investigated students' understanding of electric field concepts and problem-solving strategies for introductory Algebra-based Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics course.  Using common final exam questions, we compare the responses of students in the studio-mode course, those in the lecture-mode course with traditional lab sections, and those in the same lecture-mode course with a mini-studio lab section. The mini-studio lab section consists of students working on PER-based worksheets before the lab activity. The same instructor taught both the studio- and lecture-mode courses. We will present our findings on common student responses and how they compare across the instructional methods.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Archana Dubey
Department of Physics, University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816-8005
Phone: 407-882-1021
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jarrad W.T. Pond
Department of Physics
University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, Florida, 32816-8005