WHAT MAKES INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS DIFFICULT?

Untung Nugroho Harwanto

Abstract


The purpose of this study was to make an investigation what makes physics difficult. Students from different islands in Indonesia who were taking a preparation course in South Tangerang were taken into account of survey. A yes-no answer questionnaire was prepared in order to get the students perception toward physics. The questionnaire was given to approximately 115 students in the middle of the semester. The students were asked to full fill a questionnaire through what makes introductory physics difficult. We found that factor related to the nature of physics is taking part as the maximum percentage on the reason why physics considered as a difficult subject. But factor related to the courses is taking part as the minimum percentage on the reason why physics considered as a difficult subject. The female and male students mostly agreed that the factor related to the nature of physics and took more than fifty percent. Lack of physics background, lack of previous experience and working only assigned problem have the high percentage as the part of student controlled factor. Physics is cumulative subject and physics required good mathematics both are taking high percentage related to the nature of physics.

Keywords


introductory physics, difficult, physics course, mahtematical background

Full Text:

PDF

References


Aikenhead, G. S., Chemistry and physics instruction: Integration, ideologies, and choices, Chemical Education: Research and Practice,4(2), 115-130, 2003.

Angell, C., Guttersrud, Q., Henriksen, E. K. & Isnes, A., Physics: Frightful, but fun, Pupils’ and teachers’ views of physics and physics teaching [Electronic version]. Science Education, 88, 683-706, 2004.

Carter, S. C., & Brickhouse, N. W., What makes chemistry difficult? Alternate Perceptions. Journal of Chemical Education, 66, 223-225, 2005.

Lasry, N., Finkelstein, N., Mazur, E., Are Most People too Dumb for Physics. The Physics Teacher, 47, 2009.

Ornek, F., Robinson, W. R. &Haugan M. P.,What Makes Physics Difficult?International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 3(1), 30-34, 2008.

Redish, E. F., The implications of cognitive studies for teaching physics. American Journal of Physics, 62, 796-803, 1994.

Sobel, M., Physics for the non-scientist: A middle way, Physics Teaching, 47, 346-349, 2009.




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.32493/jsmu.v2i1.2916

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c) 2019 Untung Nugroho Harwanto



Indexed By:

Jurnal Saintika Unpam: Jurnal Sains dan Matematika Unpam

Publisher: Universitas Pamulang
Website: http://openjournal.unpam.ac.id/index.php/jsmu
Official Email: jsmu@unpam.ac.id
Address: Gedung unpam III lantai 7
Jl. Raya Puspiptek, Buaran, Kec. Pamulang, Kota Tangerang Selatan, Banten 15310

  Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.