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1.Daniel F. Styer, “Find-the-flaw problems,” Phys. Teach. 49, 277279 (May 2011).
2.David Hestenes, Malcolm Wells, and Gregg Swackhamer, “Force Concept Inventory,” Phys. Teach. 30, 141151 (March 1992).
3.Wendy K. Adams and Carl E. Wieman, “Development and validation of instruments to measure learning of expert-like thinking,” Int. J. Sci. Educ., first published on Oct. 27, 2010 (iFirst).
4.Chris Clarke, The Science of Ice Cream (The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, U.K., 2004). The melting depends strongly on fat content, and the graph is just one example.

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Daniel F. Styer1 recently discussed physics problems where several different algebraic results are presented, and the task is to identify the correct result through reasoning based on a general understanding of physics principles. Here is a related, but more general, problem. A graph with several quite disparate captions is presented (Fig. 1). The task is to find the only caption that could be correct.


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