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Abstract Title: Students’ writing reflects varied solution schemata on homework problems in upper division physics courses
Abstract: The Mathematization project investigates students' use of mathematical tools across the undergraduate physics curriculum. As a part of this project, we examine how upper division Mechanics and Electromagnetism students use mathematical tools in their homework problems. To find the evidences for use of mathematical tools we code student's written solutions using the modified version of the ACER framework. Then, using the Social Network Analysis, we compare network patterns across students and problems between both classes as well as generalize network patterns across problem statements. In this poster, we present preliminary findings of this ongoing project to find characteristic patterns in Mechanics and Electromagnetism.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Nandana Weliweriya
Kansas State University
Department of Physics,
116 Cardwell Hall, 1228 N 17th St
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: 7853173292
and Co-Presenter(s)
Justyna P. Zwolak, STEM Transformation Institute, Florida International University

Eleanor C. Sayre, Department of Physics, Kansas State University

Dean Zollman, Department of Physics, Kansas State University