We have created a survey with seven general physics problems which involve particularly the representations of graphs and words in both question and answer. This has been given to over 450 physics students at the University of Sydney from first year, to the honours level. The results will be presented through investigation into both how different level students answer particular questions in relation to the representational format but also their preference of representation across the survey. This aims to provide a means to track where representational literacy develops through tertiary physics education.
So we’ve tried to construct a method of attacking general physics problems. Let’s see how this works in practice by choosing a sample question I picked up from .
General physics problems classes