Cuesta College UC-Davis
Physics 205A Physics 7B
Fall Semester Summer Session II
N 53 students 76 students
low 4 2
mean 10.8 +/- 4.9 9.1 +/- 4.3
high 24 27
A "Student" t-test of the null hypothesis results in p = 0.0206, thus there is a significant difference between Cuesta College and UC-Davis FCI pre-test scores.
Apparently this semester at Cuesta College, students are slightly more knowledgeable about the Newtonian physics concepts covered in the FCI as UC-Davis students at the start of introductory college physics, at a statistically significant level.
Later this semester (Fall 2008), a comparison will be made between Cuesta College and UC-Davis FCI post-tests, along with their pre- to post-test gains.
D. Hestenes, M. Wells, and G. Swackhamer, Arizona State University, "Force Concept Inventory," Phys. Teach. 30, 141-158 (1992).
Development of the FCI, a 30-question survey of basic Newtonian mechanics concepts.
Previous FCI results: