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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 (with or without abstract) (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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Keyword [en]
physics, physics education, equations, learning, higher education
National Category
Didactics Learning
Research subject
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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