12-15 July 2011
Saint George Hotel
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Pre knowledge of physics 1 students on vectors

Presented by Mrs. Motlalepula Rebecca MHLONGO on 13 Jul 2011 from 11:45 to 12:00
Type: Oral Presentation
Session: Education
Track: Track E - Physics Education


<p>The purpose of this study was to investigate the pre-knowledge of the Physics I students on vectors. The study was conducted on 234 Physics I students from the University of Limpopo (Medunsa campus). The sample was divided into four groups, where the first group (n = 119) did their grade 12 in 2010, the second group (n = 46) did their grade 12 prior 2010, the third group (n = 42) did Foundation Physics in 2010 and the fourth group (n = 27) were those repeating Physics I. An ex post facto research design was chosen for the study whereby all the groups were given a vector test at the beginning. The test was divided into three questions, testing definitions, classifications, drawing and interpretations of graphs. Results showed a less difference between average percentage of the groups whereby the group before 2010 (47.4%), foundation group (47.3%), the repeaters (44.3%) and those who did grade 12 in 2010 (44.1%).

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