ERIC Number: EJ1030444
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
Investigating Diffusion with Technology
Miller, Jon S.; Windelborn, Augden F.
Physics Education, v48 n4 p459-464 Jul 2013
The activities described here allow students to explore the concept of diffusion with the use of common equipment such as computers, webcams and analysis software. The procedure includes taking a series of digital pictures of a container of water with a webcam as a dye slowly diffuses. At known time points, measurements of the pixel densities (darkness) of the digital pictures are recorded and then plotted on a graph. The resulting graph of "darkness versus time" allows students to see the results of diffusion of the dye over time. Through modification of the basic lesson plan, students are able to investigate the influence of a variety of variables on diffusion. Furthermore, students are able to expand the boundaries of their thinking by formulating hypotheses and testing their hypotheses through experimentation. As a result, students acquire a relevant science experience through taking measurements, organizing data into tables, analysing data and drawing conclusions.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Educational Technology, Physics, Graphs, Visual Aids, Science Laboratories, Water, Color, Photography, Computer Uses in Education, Secondary School Science, High Schools, College Science, Teaching Methods
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