Research

Research Summary:
 
My area is Physics Education Research (PER).  I study the ways physics is taught by instructors and learned by students using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative techniques.

For my dissertation I performed multiple studies that compared performance on analogous numeric and purely symbolic physics problems.  I show why students often perform far better on numeric problems than on otherwise equivalent symbolic problems.  I also show that performance on symbolic problems are more strongly correlated to overall success than numeric problems.
 
Eugene Torigoe's Disseration

I am currently working on two different topics. 
  1. Symbolic math equations in introductory physics
  2. Using spaced recall in introductory physics

arXiv Pre-prints:
  1. E. Torigoe, "How Numbers Help Students Solve Physics Problems." arXiv:1112.3229v2
  2. E. Torigoe, "Unpacking Symbolic Equations in Introductory Physics." arXiv:1508.00535
  3. E. Torigoe, "Emphasizing Expert Practice with Spaced Recall."  arXiv:1508.00470

Published Research:
  1. E. Torigoe, "Representing Circular Polarization with a Box of Cereal," The Physics Teacher, 50(3), p. 188 (2012).  [PDF] (The model template can be found at the end of the PDF) 
  2. E. Torigoe and G. Gladding, “Connecting Symbolic Difficulties with Success in Physics.” American Journal of Physics, 79(1), pp.133-140 (2011).  [PDF] [Supplementary Material]
  3. E. Torigoe and G. Gladding, “Symbols: Weapons of Math Destruction.” Physics Education Research Conference, AIP Conference Proceedings, 2007.     [PDF]
  4. E. Torigoe and G. Gladding, “Same to Us, Different to Them: Numeric Computation Versus Symbolic Representation.” Physics Education Research Conference, AIP Conference Proceedings, 2006.  [PDF]

Posters:
  1. Designing Around Plug-and-Chug.  2013 AAPT Summer Meeting in Portland, OR.
  2. Highlighting the Advantages of Symbolic Problem Solving with Paired Questions. 2013 PERC Conference in Portland, OR.
  3. Unpacking Newton's 2nd Law.  2015 AAPT Summer Meeting in College Park, MD

Talks:
  1. Creating a Community of Nerds with Facebook Groups.  2013 AAPT Summer Meeting in Portland, OR.
  2. Using Spaced Recall in Introductory Physics.  2015 AAPT Summer Meeting in College Park, MD