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van de Heyde, Valentino; Siebrits, Andre – Physics Teacher, 2019
In any science field, including physics, it is important to remain abreast of new assessment methods to cater to the 21st-century student. The rationale of this paper is to argue for a move away from the use of lower-order thinking skills (LOTS) in e-assessment in favor of higher-order thinking skills (HOTS), in line with Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Physics, Science Instruction, Computer Assisted Testing
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Lincoln, James – Physics Teacher, 2019
Python is a free, text-based programming language that has already been used by those who do physics research to great effect. But students can also learn to use it and, through its use, learn other aspects of physics--especially ones that are difficult or impossible to perform as physical labs. This article serves as a most-fundamental start for…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Computer Uses in Education, Programming Languages
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Lane, W. Brian – Physics Teacher, 2019
In tabletop games involving dice, it is important to ensure randomness of the dice rolls and to protect other gaming elements from being scattered by rolling dice. One way of ensuring random rolls and protecting gaming elements is to drop dice into a dice-rolling tower ("dice tower"). A dice tower is usually small (20 cm by 20 cm) and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Educational Games, Manipulative Materials
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Muller, Eric – Physics Teacher, 2019
What do you get when you cross a rubber band with a photocopier? You get a whole series of physics lessons and some great images! It's easy to get this activity up and running, be amazed, and apply it to any number of scientific concepts. It lends itself to a whole host of investigations. This easy-to-do activity can also be aligned to NGSS…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Science Activities, Reprography
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Krehbiel, Joel D.; Schroeder, Kenton N.; Suzuki, Harune; Kilmer, Nelson – Physics Teacher, 2019
Physics and chemistry students learn several methods to determine the density of materials. While measuring the mass of materials is usually simple, volume measurements are more complex. For simple shapes the volume may be determined by measuring its geometry; for more complex shapes students often use Archimedes' principle. However, neither of…
Descriptors: Physics, Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, Science Experiments
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Richards, A. J. – Physics Teacher, 2019
As students learn physics, they are often required to reason about the behavior of macroscopic and microscopic phenomena, and to synthesize prior knowledge from several different areas of physics to construct understanding of new ideas. This can be a tremendously difficult cognitive task for novice students, especially when the unfamiliar…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Visualization
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Young, Kaisa E.; Young, Chadwick H. – Physics Teacher, 2019
Two of the most fundamental skills that students acquire in introductory undergraduate physics laboratory courses are how to accurately plot data and interpret the physical meaning of linear graphs. We redesigned our graphing skills lab with an open-ended approach designed to promote inquiry in graphical analysis and to address specific areas of…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Science, Physics, Undergraduate Students
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Denicoló, Glenda – Physics Teacher, 2019
Learning assessment at two-year colleges is growing, but not much has been published about it yet. In general, our smaller classrooms, diverse student population, high proportion of adjunct faculty, and academic freedom in teaching methods and tools set the stage for a different approach to assessment than at four-year institutions. This is the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation
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Kapp, Sebastian; Thees, Michael; Strzys, Martin P.; Beil, Fabian; Kuhn, Jochen; Amiraslanov, Orkhan; Javaheri, Hamraz; Lukowicz, Paul; Lauer, Frederik; Rheinländer, Carl; Wehn, Norbert – Physics Teacher, 2019
During the last decade the development of modern digital media such as smartphones and tablet computers has enabled new experimental possibilities in STEM education. Besides these now nearly ubiquitous devices, the fields of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) also made huge progress and reached education. In this paper we introduce an…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, High School Students, Computer Simulation
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Browning, Fred; Moore, Kaitlyn; Campos, Jennifer – Physics Teacher, 2019
The possibility of negative temperatures on the Kelvin scale is intriguing and confusing simultaneously. This is because students are used to thinking of temperature as a measure of the internal energy of a system. While this concept is good for many systems, it does not work for all systems. Nuclear and electron spin systems, along with lasers…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Computer Simulation
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Hilborn, Robert C. – Physics Teacher, 2019
Work, kinetic energy (KE), and potential energy (PE) are key physics concepts, taught in essentially every introductory physics course along with the physical laws such as the work-kinetic energy theorem and the conservation of mechanical energy, which describe how the values of those quantities change during various processes. Quite appropriately…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Kinetics, Energy, Scientific Concepts
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Sirola, Christopher – Physics Teacher, 2019
One of the most consequential inventions of modern times is the telescope. Almost immediately upon turning it to the skies, Galileo made discoveries that altered our perceptions of our place in the cosmos forever: features on the Moon, the rotation of the Sun, the composition of the Milky Way, the phases of Venus, and the four large moons of…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Astronomy, Light
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Hartigan, Campbell; Hademenos, George – Physics Teacher, 2019
One way that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiatives are being utilized is to encourage schools and teachers to integrate key science-based concepts into daily instruction. The reason is simple: it is more than just an instructional improvement or curricular enhancement; it is a research-based strategy that addresses the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, STEM Education, Robotics
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Ziffer, Julie; Morse, William; Nelson, Tyler; Nakroshis, Paul; Rudnick, Benjamin T.; Brautigam, Max; Parker, Wesley – Physics Teacher, 2019
Students with poor spatial abilities experience a barrier to academic success early in the STEM curriculum. However, Sorby et al. report that even brief training can improve spatial reasoning in students who lack them. Further, the National Research Council recommends that spatial thinking skills be taught at all educational levels. Halpern…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Spatial Ability, STEM Education, Cognitive Processes
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Kilmer, Nelson; Krehbiel, Joel D. – Physics Teacher, 2019
Gay-Lussac's law states that the pressure of an ideal gas is directly proportional to its absolute temperature if the volume is constant. Students observe this relationship by taking measurements on the pressure of gas in a flask or metal sphere at different temperatures and then extrapolate the data to estimate absolute zero. In our college…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Teaching Methods
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