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ERIC Number: EJ926928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Teaching Physics (and Some Computation) Using Intentionally Incorrect Simulations
Cox, Anne J.; Junkin, William F., III; Christian, Wolfgang; Belloni, Mario; Esquembre, Francisco
Physics Teacher, v49 n5 p273-276 May 2011
Computer simulations are widely used in physics instruction because they can aid student visualization of abstract concepts, they can provide multiple representations of concepts (graphical, trajectories, charts), they can approximate real-world examples, and they can engage students interactively, all of which can enhance student understanding of physics concepts. For these reasons, we create and use simulations to teach physics, but we also want students to recognize that the simulations are only as good as the physics behind them, so we have developed a series of simulations that are intentionally incorrect, where the task is for students to find and correct the errors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A