Event Type:

M.Sc. Presentation

Date/Time:

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 12:00 to 13:00

Location:

Valley Library Willamette West room

Local Speaker:

Abstract:

Junior level physics students are familiar with a few types of vector field derivatives, such as divergence and curl, but are typically unfamiliar with how to take a general derivative of a vector field. Three junior-level physics students were interviewed with the open-ended prompt, "How would you think about taking a derivative of a vector field?" The resulting data was analyzed using Zandieh's theoretical framework developed in 2000, along with extensions by Roundy et al. and Emigh. We also present a new idea of confounding, demonstrated by the students, and propose a small extension to Emigh's work.