12-15 July 2011
Saint George Hotel
Africa/Johannesburg timezone

Forces: A difficult area for the students

13 Jul 2011, 12:15


Oral Presentation Track E - Physics Education Education


Mr Edwin Mapasha (University of Pretoria)


The investigation reflects on the causes of unsatisfactory students’ performance on the section involving forces during tests. It has been realized that more often than not students tend to be excited after undertaking a test on forces. However, subsequent feedback usually paints a different picture and this has become a worrying trend. The results of the investigation in this regard seem to suggest that students have inadequate understanding of sizes, directions and points of actions on the body. In addition, students also appear to encounter difficulties in distinguishing between the pushing and the pulling interactions.

Level (Hons, MSc, <br> &nbsp; PhD, other)? other
Would you like to <br> submit a short paper <br> for the Conference <br> Proceedings (Yes / No)? no
Consider for a student <br> &nbsp; award (Yes / No)? no

Primary authors

Mr Edwin Mapasha (University of Pretoria) Mr John Motsoeneng (University of Pretoria)


Dr Cable Moji (University of Pretoria)

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