Plasticity of intermediate mechanics students' coordinate system choice

Eleanor C. Sayre, Michael C. Wittmann
2008 Physical Review Special Topics. Physics Education Research  
We investigate the interplay between mathematics and physics resources in intermediate mechanics students. In the mechanics course, the selection and application of coordinate systems is a consistent thread. Students start the course with a strong preference to use Cartesian coordinates. In small group
doi:10.1103/physrevstper.4.020105 fatcat:jvrwuypddbbjtbzz5r7r2eyj3y