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Abstract Title: Students’ use of conceptual resources for understanding superposition
Abstract: In this poster, we report the preliminary results of an investigation into introductory physics students' conceptual resources for understanding the principle of superposition. We analyzed 368 written responses to a conceptual question that explored applications and attributes of superposition. We identified four recurring resources related to superposition: (1) localization; (2) independence; (3) quantifiability; and (4) additiveness. Our objective is to support educators by drawing attention to these resources and by suggesting how they can be taken up alongside students to enhance instruction.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A62
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Lauren C. Bauman
Quest University Canada
and Co-Presenter(s)
Lisa M. Goodhew
Amy D. Robertson