# Student Thoughts on Derivatives of Vector Fields

@inproceedings{Walker2019StudentTO, title={Student Thoughts on Derivatives of Vector Fields}, author={Mesa E. Walker}, year={2019} }

- Published 2019

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… CONTINUE READING

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