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ERIC Number: ED254200
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Logo-Physics Project.
Dale, Evelyn J.
A 10-week project conducted with 12 gifted 4th and 5th grade students (10 boys and 2 girls) examined the effectiveness of the Logo computer programming language as a tool for helping students understand some basic principles of physics. Three assumptions were tested: (1) motivated elementary school students can learn both turtle graphics and word and list manipulation; (2) Logo provides a motivating environment for learning the ideas and concepts of physics; and (3) Logo makes the basic principles of physics understandable. Following 5 weeks of preparatory instruction in Logo, 5 weeks were used to explore simple physics problems with Logo vectors. (The Logo graphics allow dynamic illustrations of the computer's numerical solutions as they are being calculated.) Topics covered were free fall, projectile motion, and the cathode ray. In order to explore those subjects, students needed to understand the mathematical concepts of transposing values in an equation, the law of complementary angles, the Pythagorean theorem, and the trigonometric functions of sine, cosine, and tangent. Results indicate that students mastered the Logo commands and concepts required for the physics projects, found word and list manipulation surprisingly easy, and found learning physics with Logo extremely interesting. While this project was successful, it would need modification to be used with average ability students at this level. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California