Students' understanding of the concepts of vector components and vector products

Genaro Zavala, Pablo Barniol

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Resumen

In this article we investigate students' understanding of: 1) vector components and, 2) vector products. We administered a test to 409 students completing introductory physics courses at a private Mexican university. In the first part, based on the work of Van Deventer [1], we analyze the understanding of components of a vector. We used multiple-choice questions asking for students' reasoning to elaborate on the misconceptions and difficulties of graphical representation of the x- and y-components of a vector. In the rest of this work, we analyze the understanding of the dot and cross products. We designed opened-ended questions to investigate the difficulties on the calculation and the misconceptions in the interpretation of these two products.

Idioma originalInglés
Título de la publicación alojada2010 Physics Education Research Conference, PERC
Páginas341-344
Número de páginas4
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 2010
Evento2010 Physics Education Research Conference, PERC - Portland, OR, Estados Unidos
Duración: 21 jul 201022 jul 2010

Serie de la publicación

NombreAIP Conference Proceedings
Volumen1289
ISSN (versión impresa)0094-243X
ISSN (versión digital)1551-7616

Otros

Otros2010 Physics Education Research Conference, PERC
País/TerritorioEstados Unidos
CiudadPortland, OR
Período21/07/1022/07/10

Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus

  • Física y astronomía (todo)

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