ERIC Number: EJ1030466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
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Physics Education through Computational Tools: The Case of Geometrical and Physical Optics
Rodríguez, Y.; Santana, A.; Mendoza, L. M.
Physics Education, v48 n5 p621-628 Sep 2013
Recently, with the development of more powerful and accurate computational tools, the inclusion of new didactic materials in the classroom is known to have increased. However, the form in which these materials can be used to enhance the learning process is still under debate. Many different methodologies have been suggested for constructing new relevant curricular material and, among them, just-in-time teaching (JiTT) has arisen as an effective and successful way to improve the content of classes. In this paper, we will show the implemented pedagogic strategies for the courses of geometrical and optical physics for students of optometry. Thus, the use of the "GeoGebra" software for the geometrical optics class and the employment of new in-house software for the physical optics class created using the high-level programming language "Python" is shown with the corresponding activities developed for each of these applets.
Descriptors: Physics, Optics, Computation, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Courseware, Teaching Methods, Instructional Innovation, Educational Strategies, Optometry, Learning Activities, Instructional Development, Educational Practices
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