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This presentation contains the results of a research study on misconceptions students have concerning wave mechanics and motion. The results indicate that many students have incorrect mental models of waves and use these erroneous models to interpret problems related to wave mechanics.
This study also tested instructional methods to help students overcome their difficulties, which represent an obstacle to learning quantum mechanics. Student thinking on classical wave motion and the related mathematics is examined as well.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Teaching About Waves and Wave Energy
This Power Point presentation condenses the results of a study on student misconceptions about wave mechanics and motion. The results indicate that many students have incorrect mental models of waves and use these erroneous models to interpret/solve problems. The researchers also tested teaching methods to see what may help students overcome these difficulties. A must-read for the teacher of advanced students who will study calculus-based physics in college.Link to Unit:
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Student Difficulties with Wave Concepts:
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