nTIPERs: Tasks to Help Students "Unpack" Aspects of Newtonian Mechanics
Proceedings of 2010 Physics Education Research Conference
American Institute of Physics
Place of Publication
Melville, N Y
AIP Conference Proceedings 1289
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.
Conceptual learning, mechanics, introductory physics, task formats
David P. Maloney, Curtis J. Hieggelke, and Stephen Kanim (2010).
nTIPERs: Tasks to Help Students "Unpack" Aspects of Newtonian Mechanics. Proceedings of 2010 Physics Education Research Conference.AIP Conference Proceedings 1289 ed. 33-36. Melville, N Y: American Institute of Physics.