Date of Award
Master of Science
An important part of introductory physics is learning the skill of sense-making or what we call thinking like a physicist. Using survey data, we will perform a cluster analysis to see which categories of sense-making skills are used most often in conjunction with one another. We will be discussing the different strategies that students use as they develop their physics problem solving skills. This analysis will be helpful because it will help professors understand the different levels of sophistication that students must go through to become successful, independent problem solvers.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Mathews, Brinkley Ruth, "The Categorization of Sense-Makers in Introductory Physics" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1027.