ERIC Number: ED272397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
From Icons to Paradigms in Light and Color.
Newman, John B.
An approach which is designed to help students better understand the utility of models in understanding and doing physics, specifically in a course in light and color, is described in this paper. Explanations are given and illustrations are provided of an analogue model of waves which assist in the creation of an abstract model to deduce Snell's Law. A series of viewgraphs and overlays are included. The advantages of this approach are that (1) students see the evolution from a demonstration of the phenomena through the typology to the abstract model which can be proposed as a paradigm; (2) the proposed paradigm can be tested by its power in deducing previously obtained empirical results; and (3) students are enabled to acquire a better understanding of the use of models in doing physics. (ML)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Physical Society (Atlanta, GA, January 27-31, 1986).