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Abstract Title: Students’ explanation of real-life situations in an inquiry-based general physics laboratory
Abstract: One of the teaching innovations that had been proposed to help students develop better conceptual understanding among students is the use of inquiry-based approach in teaching. In this study, we investigated students' ability to apply concepts learned from conducting an inquiry-based physics laboratory in two-dimensional motion. Students were asked to answer two "making connections" questions that require them to apply concepts of projectile motion. Most of the students were able to recognize that the object in the problem will not take a linear path,  but only a few were able to justify their answers using scientific explanations. In this paper, we will discuss the variations in students' explanations of the two "making connections" problems.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Edgar D. Corpuz
University of Texas-Pan American
Department of Physics and Geology
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Brenda Ramirez
Department of Physics and Geology
University of Texas-Pan American