ERIC Number: ED408978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Perception in the Invisible World of Physics.
Novemsky, Lisa; Gautreau, Ronald
Physics learning involves a change in the habitual perception of the everyday world. In order to describe the real world scientifically, an individual must develop perception and cognition capable of reconstructing the world from raw sensory data and incorporating acquired knowledge of the scientific community. The introductory physics student struggles to "see" the invisible filters of conventional physics ideas that most physicists take for granted. This paper draws on several theories of perception and imagery to explore experiences with the invisible world of physics. Discussion includes: generation of images as a route to understanding physics; internal physics imagery and physics thinking; viewing light as a particle or wave; the speed of light; and illustrating the speed of sound and black holes with visual metaphors. Nine figures illustrate various physics concepts. (Contains 11 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: VisionQuest: Journeys toward Visual Literacy. Selected Readings from the Annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association (28th, Cheyenne, Wyoming, October, 1996); see IR 018 353.