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Characterizing Iconic Problems of the Introductory Physics Course
  Location: SS Ballroom DE
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 8:20 AM -8:30 AM
  Author: Juan Burciaga
Dept of Physics & Astronomy Denison University
740 587-5665, burciagaj@denison.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The introductory physics course has a backbone of problems that form the basis of future study, that is problems that physics students see again and again throughout their study of physics, each time approaching a given problem in greater depth and complexity. Characteristics of these iconic problems may offer insight into some of the "habits of mind" employed by physicists as they approach problem solving in the discipline and perhaps shed some light on the intractable nature of the curriculum. The paper reports on a census of the iconic problems from the introductory sequence and identifying the characteristics that make these problems valuable to the physics discipline and the physics curriculum.
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