Test of Understanding Graphs in Kinematics for High School (TUG-K2)

Developed by Larry Dukerich and Bob Beichner

Purpose To assess high school students’ ability to interpret kinematics graphs. Pre/post, Multiple-choice 45 min Mechanics Content knowledge (kinematics, graphing) High school

Sample questions from the TUG-K2:

R. Beichner, Testing student interpretation of kinematics graphs, Am. J. Phys. 62 (8), 750 (1994).
RESEARCH VALIDATION
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Research-based Validation
This is the lowest level of research validation, corresponding to at least one of the validation categories below.

### Research Validation Summary

#### Based on Research Into:

• Student thinking

#### Studied Using:

• Student interviews
• Expert review
• Appropriate statistical analysis

#### Research Conducted:

• At multiple institutions
• By multiple research groups
• Peer-reviewed publication

There is no research on the TUG-K2. See the TUG-K page for an overview of research on the TUG-K.

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Language Translator(s)
Swedish Simon Moberg

Typical Results

There is no research on typical scores on the TUG-K2. See the TUG-K page for typical scores on the TUG-K.

The TUG-K2 is a variant of the TUG-K designed specifically for use in high school classrooms. The major difference is that the TUG-K2 de-emphasizes problems involving changing accelerations, which is rarely discussed in a high school setting. There are also a few completely new questions more appropriate for a high school level, such as one dealing with instantaneous velocity. Otherwise, there are a few minor differences, such as reporting numbers without scientific notation or simplifying the wording of questions (e.g., changing "What was the acceleration at t = 90 s?" to "What was the acceleration at the 90 s mark?"). Larry Dukerich, a high school teacher, modified the TUG-K2 from the original TUG-K in 1994, with the approval of Bob Beichner, the developer of the TUG-K.

### Variation

#### Test of Understanding Graphs in Kinematics

Content knowledge Mechanics (kinematics, graphing)
Intro college, High school
Pre/post, Multiple-choice