Comparing three methods for teaching Newton's Second Law

Michael C. Wittmann, Mindi Kvaal Anderson, Trevor I. Smith

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Abstract

As a follow-up to a study comparing learning of Newton's Third Law when using three different forms of tutorial instruction, we have compared student learning of Newton's Second Law (NSL) when students use the Tutorials in Introductory Physics, Activity-Based Tutorials, or Open Source Tutorials. We split an algebra-based, life sciences physics course in 3 groups and measured students' pre- and post-instruction scores on the Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation (FMCE). We look at only the NSL-related clusters of questions on the FMCE to compare students' performance and normalized gains. Students entering the course are not significantly different, and students using the Tutorials in Introductory Physics show the largest normalized gains in answering question on the FMCE correctly. These gains are significant in only one cluster of questions, the Force Sled cluster.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 Physics Education Research Conference, PER
Pages301-304
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 16 2009
Event2009 Physics Education Research Conference, PER: Physics Education Research across Paradigms - Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Duration: Jul 29 2009Jul 30 2009

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume1179
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

Other2009 Physics Education Research Conference, PER: Physics Education Research across Paradigms
CountryUnited States
CityAnn Arbor, MI
Period7/29/097/30/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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