Expert and Novice Performance in Solving Physics Problems

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Science  20 Jun 1980:
Vol. 208, Issue 4450, pp. 1335-1342
DOI: 10.1126/science.208.4450.1335


Although a sizable body of knowledge is prerequisite to expert skill, that knowledge must be indexed by large numbers of patterns that, on recognition, guide the expert in a fraction of a second to relevant parts of the knowledge store. The knowledge forms complex schemata that can guide a problem's interpretation and solution and that constitute a large part of what we call physical intuition.

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