A Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment 1st edition

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Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood
Publisher: Self Published Works

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  • Chapter 1: A Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment
    • 1: Exam Problems (1)

The Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment (BEMA) developed by R. Chabay and B. Sherwood, assesses student understanding of basic electricity and magnetism concepts. It is written for college-level calculus-based introductory courses. It covers topics which are common to both traditional and non-traditional curricula.

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A study of the reliability and discriminatory power of BEMA may be found at:

Ding, L., Chabay, R., Sherwood, B., & Beichner, R. (2006). Evaluating an electricity and magnetism assessment tool: Brief electricity and magnetism assessment. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 2, pp. 010105-1-7.

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