The survey, consisting of 9 multiple-choice questions, was presented to students from all four years. The questions were first used during lectures in the 1B dynamics course during October-December 1999. The aims of our survey were to answer two queries:
Here are the answers to the questions.
The detailed findings lead us to the following conclusion:
The individual results, as well as the overall results (for all questions combined), indicate that having seen and discussed the questions in lecture hardly helped (the percentage correct in IB is only slightly higher than for the other years). The results also suggest that years studying the Cambridge physics course also do not teach the ability to do these kinds of qualitative questions.