Title

Optical concept assessment

Document Type

Poster Session

Presentation Date

Summer 7-31-2012

Conference Name

Summer Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers

Conference Location

Philadelphia, PA

Abstract

In order to assess student learning of optics, we have created an optics concept assessment exam. Optics is a broad sub-field 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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