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Abstract Title: Causal Statements Improve Concept Application
Abstract: "Forces change momentum" is a causal statement. "Momentum is conserved when there are no outside forces" is a rule. Shifting to the first (causal) statement resulted in tremendous increase in students referencing the impulse-momentum concept and significant improvement in student ability to correctly apply it, elevating student performance to over twice the average for students in an algebra-based introductory mechanics class. Similar results were seen for the work-energy concept. We next consider how to make similar transformations in the narrative for other concepts.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A43

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Owen Staveland
Cal Poly Physics
146 Cerro Romauldo Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Phone: 8317066201
and Co-Presenter(s)
Dr. Stamatis Vokos, Cal Poly Physics
Dr. Pete Schwartz, Cal Poly Physics