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What does it mean to understand a physics equation?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Physics Didactics.
(Physics Education Research)
2014 (English)Conference paper, Poster (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Despite their importance in the representation of physics knowledge, physics equations have received surprisingly little attention in the literature. Very little work has examined what it means to understand a physics equation, the only work we could locate was that of Domert, 2007 and Hechter, 2010.

Building on these two sources a study that examined how university students understand a physics equation was recently carried out (Airey, Grundström Lindqvist & Kung, in production). The result of that study was a number of questions that the authors suggest can be used by students or lecturers to develop the understanding of physics equations. These questions were generated by the answers that over a hundred students gave to the question How do you know when you understand a physics equation? In this poster we present a work in progress follow up where we will compare lecturers' opinions with our earlier findings.

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Keyword [en]
physics, physics education, equations, learning, higher education
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Didactics Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-220729OAI: diva2:706346
TUK 2014 - universitetspedagogisk konferens,
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2014-03-19 Created: 2014-03-19 Last updated: 2014-03-31Bibliographically approved

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