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Abstract Title: Visualizations of E&M Plane Waves Designed for Better Student Understanding
Abstract: It is well known that plane waves in electricity and magnetism (E&M) are misunderstood. Particularly, the traditional visual representation of these plane waves is misleading and students are confused by the waves' three dimensionality.
Previous work by the author suggests that students respond best to visualizations that show propagating wavefronts and visualizations that fill the entire space. Presented is a qualitative study focusing on three very different simulations designed to meet these two requirements and their effect on student understanding.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B53

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Michael B Wilson
North Carolina State University
106 Willow Point Ct
Durham, NC 27703
Phone: 6093691372
and Co-Presenter(s)
Robert Beichner