Force Concept Inventory 1995 edition

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David Hestenes, Malcolm Wells, and Gregg Swackhamer
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The Force Concept Inventory (FCI), developed by I. Halloun, R.R. Hake, E.P. Mosca, and D. Hestenes, is designed to assess student understanding of the most basic concepts in Newtonian physics. This multiple choice instrument looks at six areas of understanding: kinematics, Newton's First, Second, and Third Laws, the superposition principle, and types of forces (such as gravitation, friction). Each question offers only one correct Newtonian solution, with common-sense distractors (incorrect, possible answers) that are based upon student's misconceptions about that topic.

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Ref: David Hestenes, Malcolm Wells, and Gregg Swackhamer, "Force Concept Inventory," The Physics Teacher, 30, 141 (1992).

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