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ERIC Number: EJ1013810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Simulating Interference and Diffraction in Instructional Laboratories
Maurer, L.
Physics Education, v48 n2 p227-232 Mar 2013
Studies have shown that standard lectures and instructional laboratory experiments are not effective at teaching interference and diffraction. In response, the author created an interactive computer program that simulates interference and diffraction effects using the finite difference time domain method. The software allows students to easily control, visualize and quantitatively measure the effects. Students collected data from simulations as part of their laboratory exercise, and they performed well on a subsequent quiz, showing promise for this approach. (Contains 1 table, 6 figures, and 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Washington
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