Title

Optical concept assessment

Document Type

Proceeding

Presentation Date

Winter 2-6-2012

Conference Name

Winter Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers

Abstract

In order to assess student learning of optics, we have created an optics concept assessment exam. Optics is a broad subfield of physics (wave model of light, ray model of light, mirrors, lenses, interference, etc.) and this exam was designed to assess a broad range of these basic tenets. Testing for common misconceptions while using plain, student language, we have probed to better understand student thinking. We will show our preliminary findings.

Disciplines

Physics

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