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Abstract Title: Students’ Spontaneous Application of Conservation Laws when Learning about Electron-Positron Annihilation
Abstract: Based on student written responses and student interview data, this presentation reports on the influence of students' prior conceptual models when learning novel complex physical processes. Specifically, we report on the extent to which students in introductory physics courses spontaneously apply conservation laws when explaining the process of gamma ray production during electron-positron annihilation. Also reported here are results from an investigation exploring the degree to which various types of hints influence students' performances and responses when explaining the same process.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Bijaya Aryal
University of Minnesota-Rochester