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Abstract Title: University Student Conceptual Resources for Understanding Forces
Abstract: We present preliminary results of our investigation of introductory physics students' conceptual resources for understanding forces. We analyzed a total of ~2000 student responses to conceptual questions about forces and report here three prevalent resources that students used in their answers: forces change the motion or speed of objects; objects that have motion keep that motion; and motion is due to an imbalance of forces. We illustrate some of the ways in which these resources manifested in student responses and discuss how we see such ideas as representing the beginnings of scientific understanding.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Amy D. Robertson
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Avenue West
Suite 307
Seattle, WA 98119-1997
Phone: 206-286-7347
and Co-Presenter(s)
Lisa M. Goodhew, Rachel E. Scherr, and Paula R. L. Heron