Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation 1999 edition

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R K Thornton & D Sokoloff
Publisher: Self Published Works

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  • 1: Survey Question (2)

The Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation, developed by R. Thornton and D. Sokoloff, is a multiple choice survey designed to assess student understanding of basic Newtonian mechanics, particularly one-dimensional kinematics, dynamics, and (for the 1999 version) energy. The test focuses on both natural language and graphical representations of mechanics concepts.

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Ref: Ronald K. Thornton and David R. Sokoloff, "Assessing student learning of Newton's laws: The Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation," American Journal of Physics 66(4), 228-351 (1998).

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Group Quantity Questions
Chapter 1: Survey Question
1.P 2 001 002
Total 2