“The ability to comfortably work with graphs,” writes Robert Beichner, quoting a 1933–34 American Physical Society Committee on Tests Report,1 “is a basic skill of the scientist.” Concerned that interpretation of graphs is not sufficiently assessed in kinematics, Beichner set about devising a “single, consistent assessment instrument” that would be helpful both to researchers trying to compare results from several studies and to instructors assessing their success at teaching students’ how to construct and use scientific representations.


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  1. 1.
    Robert J. Beichner “Testing Student Interpretation of Kinematics Graphs,” American Journal of Physics 62, no. 8(August 1994): 750–762. This entry is largely derived from that article, with the permission of the author.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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  • Robert J. Beichner
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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