Design of a synthesizing lecture on mechanics concepts

Natalie E. Strand, Jennifer L. Docktor, Gary E. Gladding, José P. Mestre, Brian H. Ross

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Within the context of traditional physics problem solving instruction, major concepts are mentioned but often marginalized by the focus on equation manipulation, resulting in students perceiving concepts as unimportant in problem solving. Additionally, since topics are covered as isolated pieces, students also perceive concepts as unrelated. In response to this disconnect, we discuss the development of a short, animated, web-delivered synthesizing presentation modeled after the "common learning resource" from the preparation for future learning construct. In the presentation, major concepts of introductory mechanics are structured hierarchically. More specifically, the presentation is an overview of major theorems and conservation laws in mechanics and the conditions under which they are applied. It is linked to previous problems solved by the students and intended to prepare them for future learning by illustrating how concepts guide problem solving processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 Physics Education Research Conference, PERC
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 Physics Education Research Conference, PERC - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Jul 21 2010Jul 22 2010

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Other2010 Physics Education Research Conference, PERC
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPortland, OR


  • conceptual learning
  • physics education research
  • problem solving

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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