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ERIC Number: EJ774418
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Physics in Context--A Means to Encourage Student Interest in Physics
Waltner, Christine; Wiesner, Hartmut; Rachel, Alexander
Physics Education, v42 n5 p502-507 Sep 2007
Physics instruction that is student oriented will generate a long-term individual interest and therefore a lifelong openness to science. Phenomena of nature are part of the fields of interest which provide context leading to greater student interest. In this paper we present the locomotion of fish and sperm in a way which can be used to teach in physics classes. For the development of the topic, a free computer simulation can be downloaded, which illustrates the different kinds of movement pertaining to fish: paddling, oscillation and undulation. The physics of the three different kinds of movement is explained in the simulation by demonstrating the force vectors that are relevant. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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