Location:

KFC Courts 
Date:

Tuesday, Aug.2 
Time:

5:15 PM 6:00 PM

Author:

Daniel Smith, Jr., South Carolina State University
8035367162, dsmith@scsu.edu

CoAuthor(s):

None

Abstract:

Student difficulties in solving kinematics problems are often attributed to students' inability to choose the correct equation, or to weak skills in algebra. Evidence is presented from a calculusbased physics class, however, that students fail to solve problems because they lack a conceptual understanding of the problem, as determined by their ability to relate the problem data to a diagram. The limited roles thatchoosing the right equation, and weak algebra skills play in problem solving is further explored by having students solve problems graphically by using interactive software designed especially for onedimensional kinematics problems.

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