#### Event Title

Session C1: APS, AAPT, and SPS Poster Session - Physics or Mathematics Preparation - which is the better predictor of performance in a first, calculus-based college physics course?

#### Location

Concourse, Campus Center, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

#### Event Website

http://blogs.umass.edu/nes2011/

#### Start Date

18-11-2011 7:40 PM

#### End Date

18-11-2011 7:52 PM

#### Description

Data spanning fifteen semesters and including more than 1200 students showed far less than the anticipated difference in performance between students with quite diverse levels of physics preparation. Students ranged from those with no prior physics course work to those with two or more years of HS physics and prior courses in college physics. Less prior physics training frequently coincided with better performance in the first calculus-based course. Preparation in mathematics, on the other hand, appeared critically important; students at the extremes of the math preparation spectrum were concentrated at the corresponding extremes of the physics grade distribution.

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Session C1: APS, AAPT, and SPS Poster Session - Physics or Mathematics Preparation - which is the better predictor of performance in a first, calculus-based college physics course?

Concourse, Campus Center, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Data spanning fifteen semesters and including more than 1200 students showed far less than the anticipated difference in performance between students with quite diverse levels of physics preparation. Students ranged from those with no prior physics course work to those with two or more years of HS physics and prior courses in college physics. Less prior physics training frequently coincided with better performance in the first calculus-based course. Preparation in mathematics, on the other hand, appeared critically important; students at the extremes of the math preparation spectrum were concentrated at the corresponding extremes of the physics grade distribution.

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