Investigating students' mental models about the quantization of light, energy, and angular momentum


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Didis N., ERYILMAZ A. , ERKOC Ş.

PHYSICAL REVIEW SPECIAL TOPICS-PHYSICS EDUCATION RESEARCH, cilt.10, 2014 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 10 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2014
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1103/physrevstper.10.020127
  • Dergi Adı: PHYSICAL REVIEW SPECIAL TOPICS-PHYSICS EDUCATION RESEARCH

Özet

This paper is the first part of a multiphase study examining students' mental models about the quantization of physical observables-light, energy, and angular momentum. Thirty-one second-year physics and physics education college students who were taking a modern physics course participated in the study. The qualitative analysis of data revealed six variations in students' mental models about the quantization of physical observables: scientific model, primitive scientific model, shredding model, alternating model, integrative model, and evolution model. These models were determined to be context dependent. In addition, some students are in a mixed-model state where they use multiple mental models in explaining a phenomenon and use these models inconsistently.