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Abstract Title: Capturing modeling pathways using the Modeling Assessment for Physics Laboratory Experiments
Abstract: A choose-your-own-adventure online assessment has been developed to measure the process of modeling undertaken by students when asked to measure the Earth's gravitational constant, g, using a simple pendulum. This activity forms part of the Modeling Assessment for Physics Laboratory Experiments (MAPLE), which is being developed to assess upper-division students' proficiency in modeling. The role of the pendulum activity is to serve as a pre-test assessment with apparatus that students are likely to be familiar. Using an initial sample of student data from a development phase of the assessment, we show that the pendulum activity is able to discriminate between a range of student processes that are relevant to understanding student engagement with modeling as a scientific tool.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: 3.C5
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Michael Fox
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO
and Co-Presenter(s)
Benjamin Pollard - University of Colorado Boulder
Laura Ri?os - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
H. J. Lewandowski - University of Colorado Boulder