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Galante, Lorenzo; Arlego, Marcelo; Fanaro, Maria; Gnesi, Ivan – Physics Education, 2019
In this paper we present a pedagogical strategy to introduce the Heisenberg uncertainty principle to high school students. The basis on which this proposal relies is the Fourier transform, connecting the quantum function in the x domain, ?(x), with the function in the wave number domain, A(k). This mathematical relationship directly leads to the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, High School Students, Teaching Methods
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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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Oliveira, Filipa; Paixão, José António – Physics Education, 2019
Many countries implement competitions in physics for high school students such as the national 'Physics Olympiads' that are often used to select students for participation in the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO), the Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO) or the Ibero-American Physics Olympiad (OIbF). Typically, in these competitions students are…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, High School Students, Secondary School Science
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Kersting, Magdalena – Physics Education, 2019
The first direct observation of gravitational waves in 2015 has led to an increased public interest in topics of general relativity (GR) and astronomy. Physics teachers and educators respond to this interest by introducing modern ideas of gravity and spacetime to high school students. Doing so, they face the challenge of finding suitable models…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Krulj, Ivana; Nešic, Ljubiša – Physics Education, 2019
Students often have difficulties comprehending situations in which wave characteristics of light are manifested. After teaching wave optics, we studied the level of understanding of reflective diffraction of light with a group of secondary school students, and the phenomenon of diffraction in general. We analysed the possibility of using…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Reflection, High School Students
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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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Korsun, Igor – Physics Education, 2019
This article is aimed at justifying sensible use of inventive tasks in physics teaching. The justification will encourage teachers to form learners' creative thinking; in particular, the course of physics has the great potential for forming learners' creative thinking. Being adapted to the course of physics, the basic stages to solve inventive…
Descriptors: Science Interests, Physics, Science Instruction, Creative Thinking
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Cheong, Yong Wook; Ha, Sangwoo; Byun, Taejin – Physics Education, 2019
Although students experience friction in their everyday life, they have difficulty understanding the scientific concept of friction. To solve this problem, various instructional suggestions have been made by researchers concerning the teaching of friction. In this study, we conducted a survey to investigate science high school students' reasoning…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Logical Thinking, Problem Solving
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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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