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Alho, J.; Silva, H.; Teodoro, V.; Bonfait, G. – Physics Education, 2019
In the field of physics teaching, the simple pendulum provides a very simple way to study the harmonic oscillator, the source of some fundamental concepts such as periodicity, relaxation time and anharmonicity. As such, its experimental study is frequently integrated into high school or first year university programs. With this in mind, in this…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Motion, High Schools
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Rosi, Tommaso; Gratton, Luigi M.; Onorato, Pasquale; Oss, Stefano – Physics Education, 2019
We propose to reconsider the well-known experiment about the interference of white light from a thin soap film by adopting as an illuminating source the RGB triad produced by a LED projector. The interference pattern shows up in a particularly fascinating way and it contains direct, essential information about both the wave nature of light and of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Light, Scientific Concepts
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de Jesus, V. L. B.; Pérez, C. A. C.; de Oliveira, A. L.; Sasaki, D. G. G. – Physics Education, 2019
Currently, the number of smartphones with an embedded gyroscope sensor has been increasing due games whose performance relies on 3D augmented reality. In general, teaching papers on the gyroscope sensor address very simple spatial configuration, where the fixed rotation axis coincides to the z-axis of the smartphone. This work presents five…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Motion, Teaching Methods
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Passon, Oliver; Zügge, Thomas; Grebe-Ellis, Johannes – Physics Education, 2019
Elementary particle physics is gradually implemented into science curricula at the high school level. However, common presentations on educational, semi-technical or popular level contain or support severe misconceptions. We discuss in particular the notion of 'particle', the interaction between them and the use of Feynman diagrams. In many cases…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, High School Students, Scientific Concepts
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Woo, Yura; Ju, Young-Gu – Physics Education, 2019
In this paper, we present the details of the development of a smartphone spectrometer for education using a 3D printer and characterized the performance by comparison with a paper craft spectrometer. The optical design and the narrow slit used in the build resulted in the formation of accurate images of the slit on the image sensor leading to a…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Bokor, Nándor – Physics Education, 2019
This paper describes a simple and effective trick with a ball on a flat surface. The trick does not require any skills, is surprising and can provide an attention-grabbing, fun introduction for high school students into the topic of pure rolling motion versus rolling with slipping.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Mechanics (Physics), Motion, High School Students
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Ait Tahar, M.; Schadschneider, A.; Stollenwerk, J. – Physics Education, 2019
This article is about the development of an Internet-based remotely-controlled physical experiment, this is a part of the Remotely Controlled Laboratory at the University of Applied Sciences of Cologne known as TH Köln. The main experimental set-up is based on Pohl's Torsion Pendulum which was enhanced by a PXI measurement system and a webcam. In…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Science Experiments, Science Laboratories
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Kvita, Jirí; Cermáková, Berenika; Matulová, Natálie; Poštulka, Jan; Staník, Daniel – Physics Education, 2019
We present several applications of the particle camera MX-10 in different radiation environments, leading to strikingly different observed patterns and consequently particle composition as well as recorded dose. We describe the measurements of the radiation background, cosmic muons direction analysis and the detection of alpha particles in a…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Radiation, Scientific Concepts
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Hartmann, Bruno; Priemer, Burkhard – Physics Education, 2019
In this paper we present a novel approach to teach kinetic energy as an observable and measurable concept. The fundamental principles have been outlined for gravitational potential energy in an earlier work, that we extend here. By accelerating or decelerating bodies with springs we begin, in a first step, with a direct comparison method for…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Kinetics, Energy, Secondary School Science
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French, A.; Cullerne, J. P.; Kanchanasakdichai, O. – Physics Education, 2019
This paper develops the ideas of "The Pedagogical Power of Context: Iterative Calculus Methods and the Epidemiology of Eyam" (French "et al." 2018 "J. Phys. Educ."), where we considered the application of the Euler method to solve epidemiological problems. Our purpose was to convey some examples of school level work…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Visualization, Calculus
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Stannard, Warren B. – Physics Education, 2018
Einstein's two theories of relativity were introduced over 100 years ago. High school science students are seldom exposed to these revolutionary ideas as they are often perceived to be too difficult conceptually and mathematically. This paper brings together the two theories of relativity in a way that is logical and consistent and enables the…
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Teaching Methods
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Stannard, Warren B. – Physics Education, 2018
In most high school physics classes, gravity is described as an attractive force between two masses as formulated by Newton over 300 years ago. Einstein's general theory of relativity implies that gravitational effects are instead the result of a "curvature" of space-time. However, explaining why things fall without resorting to Newton's…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Motion, Kinetics
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Holubova, R. – Physics Education, 2018
The aim of the paper is the presentation of an interdisciplinary topic that allows applying content knowledge in physics, mathematics and biology in real life environment. Students use to play games and view crime scenes but in common they have little knowledge about the science used during crime scene investigation. In this paper the science…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Mathematics
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Gutowski, Bartosz; Józwiak, Witold; Joos, Markus; Kempa, Janusz; Komorowska, Kamila; Krakowski, Kamil; Pijus, Ewa; Szymczak, Kamil; Trojanowska, Malgorzata – Physics Education, 2018
In 2016, we (seven high school students from a school in Plock, Poland) participated in the CERN Beamline for Schools competition. Together with our team coach, Mr. Janusz Kempa, we submitted a proposal to CERN that was selected as one of two winning proposals that year. This paper describes our experiment from the early days of brainstorming to…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, High School Students, Brainstorming
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Broomfield, H.; Hirst, J.; Raven, M.; Joos, M.; Vafeiadis, T.; Chung, T. K.; Harrow, J.; Khoo, D.; Kwok, T.; Li, J.; Mandelstam, H.; Martin-Halls, J.; Perkins, R.; Singh, A.; Southwell, J.; Tsui, A.; Tsui, K.; Townsend, D.; Watson, H. – Physics Education, 2018
The CERN Beamline for Schools Competition gives high school students the opportunity to perform an experiment of their design using the T9 facility. Our team, 'Relatively Special', was fortunate enough to be joint winners of this global event and travel to CERN for a unique adventure. This paper gives an account of our story including the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, High School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Experiments
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