Title

nTIPERs: Tasks to Help Students "Unpack" Aspects of Newtonian Mechanics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2010

Publication Source

Proceedings of 2010 Physics Education Research Conference

Inclusive pages

33-36

Publisher

American Institute of Physics

Place of Publication

Melville, N Y

Edition/Version

AIP Conference Proceedings 1289

ISBN/ISSN

978-0-7354-0844-9

Abstract

nTIPERs (Newtonian Tasks Inspired by Physics Education Research) are tasks intended to strengthen students' conceptual understanding of topics in introductory mechanics. These tasks can be used individually as in-class assignments, as homework, or as evaluation instruments, and are especially appropriate for incremental adoption by instructors who wish to strengthen the conceptual focus of their introductory courses. The ten task formats are described and examples of several nTIPER tasks related to common student difficulties with different aspects of the concept of force--force as proportional to velocity, force as a property of an object and force calculated from mass times acceleration--are presented. Also ideas are presented for how to use nTIPERs.

Keywords

Conceptual learning, mechanics, introductory physics, task formats

Disciplines

Physics

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