Models of competence in solving physics problems
J. Larkin, J. McDermott, D. Simon, and H. Simon 1980 Cognitive Science 4(4), 317-345

The authors describe a set of two computer-implemented models that solve physics problems in ways characteristic of more and less competent human solvers. The main features accounting for different competences are differences in strategy for selecting physics principles, and differences in the degree of automation in the process of applying a single principle. The models provide a good account of the order in which principles are applied by human solvers working problems in kinematics and dynamics. They also are sufficiently flexible to allow easy extension to several related domains of physics problems.

Subject: Physics, Education
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Journal Article
Research on Learning: Cognitive Domain