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ERIC Number: EJ1008066
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Constructing Conceptual Meaning from a Popular Scientific Paper--The Case of E = mc[superscript 2]
Kapon, Shulamit
Physics Education, v48 n1 p90-95 Jan 2013
Although high school physics students solve problems using the expression E = mc[superscript 2], the origin of this expression and its deep conceptual meaning are hardly ever discussed due to students' limited prior knowledge. In 1946, a year after the atomic bombs were first dropped, Albert Einstein published a popular scientific paper explaining the equivalence between mass and energy to the general public and the implications of this principle for our daily lives. This paper describes the utilization of Einstein's paper in a high-school physics lesson on the equivalence of mass and energy, and discusses the instructional affordances of discussing exemplary popular scientific texts in a physics lesson. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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