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M. Wittmann and B. Ambrose - Online Resource
This set of tutorials explores forces and potentials in three dimensions. Students develop the concepts of conservative forces and potentials. The mathematical tools of the gradient,…
Physical Review Physics Education Research
  
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S. Kuchemann, S. Malone, P. Edelsbrunner, A. Lichtenberger, E. Stern, R. Schumacher, R. Brünken, A. Vaterlaus, and J. Kuhn, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 17 (2), 020126 (2021).
Representational competence is essential for the acquisition of conceptual understanding in physics. It enables the interpretation of diagrams, graphs, and mathematical equations,…
  
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E. Marshman and C. Singh, PERC 2020 Proceedings, 309-314.
Dirac notation is a compact and elegant notation taught to students in advanced quantum mechanics courses. However, students struggle to master Dirac notation and have difficulty…
  
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J. Huffman, M. Vignal, and B. Wilcox, PERC 2020 Proceedings, 222-227.
The divergence theorem is an important mathematical tool used in many areas of physics, most notably, electricity and magnetism. Students have nominally encountered the divergence…
  
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E. Campos, G. Zavala, K. Zuza, and J. Guisasola, PERC 2019 Proceedings, 81-86.
In electricity and magnetism (E&M) courses, students have difficulties understanding the concept of electric field. Because of its abstract nature, students can only understand the…
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P. Klein, J. Viiri, and J. Kuhn, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 15 (1), 010126 (2019).
The coordination of multiple external representations is important for learning, but yet a difficult task for students, requiring instructional support. The subject in this study…
  
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M. Wilson and R. Beichner, PERC 2018 Proceedings.
It is well known that plane waves in electricity and magnetism (E&M) are misunderstood by students. Particularly, the traditional visual representation of these plane waves is…
  
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P. Klein, J. Viiri, and J. Kuhn, PERC 2018 Proceedings.
Prior research has shown that students struggle to indicate whether vector field plots have zero or non-zero curl or divergence. In an instruction-based eye-tracking study, we…
  
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P. Klein and J. Kuhn, PERC 2017 Proceedings, 220-223.
A survey with N = 39 second-year students demonstrates that most students fail to relate graphical vector field representations to the concept of divergence. Even after providing…
  
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B. Hinrichs, PERC 2017 Proceedings, 176-179.
The upper level E&M course (i.e. based on Griffiths) involves the extensive integration of vector calculus concepts and notation with abstract physics concepts like field and…
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