20-22 May 2015
Asia/Bangkok timezone
The Centennial Celebration of General Relativity Theory and 80 Years of Thai Physics Graduate

Teaching Problem-Solving Strategy in Circular Motion to First-Year Science Students

20 May 2015, 16:30
15m
White Lotus ()

White Lotus

Oral presentation Physics Education Physics Education (APRU)

Speaker

Ms. Arunee Eambaipreuk (Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, THAILAND 10400)

Description

Many students have difficulties when they solve problems in circular motion. This motivated us to create a problem-solving strategy for such particular topic. The strategy was incorporated in the large-class instruction by including it in a class-worksheet. We expected that the strategy could help students work their way through solving circular motion problems. The sample was composed of first-year science students who enrolled in an Introductory Physics course. They were assigned pre-test and post-test on a problem in circular motion. The effectiveness of the strategy was evaluated from the student answers. It was found that after instruction most of the students could solve the problem by following the steps shown in the strategy. In the presentation, we will show how the students solve the problem in the tests before and after they learned the strategy offered in the class-worksheet. In addition, the models of student understanding in circular motion will also be presented.

Primary author

Ms. Arunee Eambaipreuk (Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, THAILAND 10400)

Co-authors

Dr. Kwan Arayathanitkul (Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, THAILAND 10400) Dr. Narumon Emarat (Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, THAILAND 10400)

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