Investigating and Improving Synthesis Problem Solving Skills in Introductory Physics via Analogical Reasoning

Principal Investigator: 
Project Overview
Background & Purpose: 

This project proposes to investigate and improve student skills in solving synthesis problems in introductory physics, that is: problems that require a joint application of multiple physics concepts including those that are taught in different chapters or at significantly different times in the course.


The Ohio State University
Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Design: 

The project uses a comparative and cross-sectional research design. Original data are being collected on undergraduate STEM students using assessments of learning and survey research [paper & pencil, online, face-to-face].


Findings will be posted as they become available.

Other Products: 

Physics synthesis problems that can be useful for introductory physics courses.