Presentation Title

The Primer: An Analysis of Learning Curves

Faculty Mentor

Jordan Hanson

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 11:30 AM

Location

172

Session

poster 4

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

engineering_computer_science

Abstract

A common misconception among physics instructors is that all students experience the difficulty of physics exercises similarly. We developed a python code designed to illuminate the mechanics of student problem-solving in simple kinematics examples. The code presents a series of multiple-choice questions testing the user’s ability to interpret and solve word problems. The code records timing and accuracy data during repeated trials. Results were accumulated after the code was shared among 60 high-school students from 3 different schools. The results show that students require more time to solve for the kinematic variable of speed as compared to time or distance, even after multiple trials.

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The Primer: An Analysis of Learning Curves

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A common misconception among physics instructors is that all students experience the difficulty of physics exercises similarly. We developed a python code designed to illuminate the mechanics of student problem-solving in simple kinematics examples. The code presents a series of multiple-choice questions testing the user’s ability to interpret and solve word problems. The code records timing and accuracy data during repeated trials. Results were accumulated after the code was shared among 60 high-school students from 3 different schools. The results show that students require more time to solve for the kinematic variable of speed as compared to time or distance, even after multiple trials.