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Expanding the FCI to Concepts of Energy-Work, Momentum, and Rotational Dynamics
  Location: HC 3023 & 3023A
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 6:40 PM -6:50 PM
  Author: Alex Chediak, California Baptist University
951-343-4912, achediak@calbaptist.edu
  Co-Author(s): Katrina Hay , Carolina Ilie , H. Trevor Johnson-Steigelman
  Abstract: The Force Concept Inventory (FCI) has deservedly become a widely accepted assessment tool. The metric "normalized gain" can be used to evaluate conceptual mastery in a high school, college, or university-level mechanics course. Left out of this analysis, however, is student mastery of other physics concepts typically presented in the same course. For example, conservation of energy and momentum, as well as rotational motion, receive virtually no coverage on the FCI (or, for that matter, the Mechanics Baseline Test). The authors will present a revised assessment tool, one that incorporates the strengths of the FCI, but also assesses these other mechanics-related concepts. Our tool will preserve the straightforward multiple-choice format of the FCI. Ten additional questions have been written, in part inspired by material from the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington and in part inspired by the authors' own experiences with common student misperceptions.
  Footnotes: None
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