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PST2C05:

An Optics Concepts Test
  Location: KFC Courts
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 5:15 PM -6:00 PM
  Author: Alex Chediak, California Baptist University
951-343-4912, achediak@calbaptist.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: A series of conceptual tests exist that allow educators to compare their normalized gains to those of other educators, and together determine best practices (e.g., FCI, MBT, FMCE, ECCE, CSEM, and DIRECT). But a standard conceptual test for optics is a seeming omission in the PER literature--this in spite of the common observation, by physics educator and students alike, that optics is perhaps one of the most conceptually challenging areas of undergraduate physics. The math is often simple (a few equations, no vector algebra), but the concepts easy to confuse. This poster presents a multi-choice question optics conceptual test, consisting of 20 questions, each having five choices. Topics covered include reflection, refraction, mirrors, lenses, interference, cameras, human eye maladies, and optical corrections. I seek partners to join me in using these questions on pre- and post-tests with their students.
  Footnotes: None
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