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Student Thoughts on Derivatives of Vector Fields Public Deposited

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  • 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.
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