Investigation of College Students' Understanding of Physical Concepts in Force and Motion

Deuksu KIM, Kitak WON, Cookhyun KIM, Seunghyun LEE*
2018 New Physics Sae Mulli  
The purpose of this study is to measure the comprehension of physics concepts by the learner and to design effective teaching programs considering the learning level. In order to do this, we surveyed college freshmen and investigated their understanding of the physics concepts of force and motion. A questionnaire was made and addressed ideas from Newtonian concept of force and motion to general alternative concepts and was used to confirm the general tendencies of physics concepts held by
more » ... cepts held by learners. The level of understanding of physics concepts was analyzed based on background variables, such as high-school course category, physics subject completion, and taking of the college entrance exam. The analysis showed great differences in understanding between factors such as action / reaction and causes of change in motion. The results of this study can be applied to the instructional design of university physics classes to improve the learner's academic achievement.
doi:10.3938/npsm.68.880 fatcat:ogboocyqfbb5ne5pcjtnditsai