How computation can facilitate sensemaking about physics: A case study

@article{Sand2018HowCC,
  title={How computation can facilitate sensemaking about physics: A case study},
  author={Odd Petter Sand and Tor Ole B. Odden and Christine Lindstr{\o}m and M. Caballero},
  journal={arXiv: Physics Education},
  year={2018}
}
  • Odd Petter Sand, Tor Ole B. Odden, +1 author M. Caballero
  • Published 2018
  • Mathematics, Physics
  • arXiv: Physics Education
  • We present a case study featuring a first-year bio-science university student using computation to solve a radioactive decay problem and interpret the results. In a semi-structured cognitive interview setting, we build on previous work on sensemaking by studying the process in a computational science context. We observe the student using computation as an entry point into the sensemaking process and then making several attempts to resolve the perceived inconsistency, drawing on knowledge from… CONTINUE READING

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