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Michelsen, Claus – Physics Education, 2017
In 1820 the Danish scientist Hans Christian Ørsted discovered the relationship between electricity and magnetism by his famous wire-compass experiment. Ørsted was one of the foremost scientists of the nineteenth century, and he was also one of the leading figures in Denmark in the 19th century with a vital influence in the fields of aesthetics,…
Descriptors: Scientists, Physics, Energy, Foreign Countries
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Balta, Nuri; Çetin, Ali – Physics Education, 2017
This study is aimed at first introducing a well-known discrepant event; inseparable phone books and second, turning it into an experiment for high school or middle school students. This discrepant event could be used especially to indicate how friction force can be effective in producing an unexpected result. Demonstration, discussion, explanation…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts
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Haglund, Jesper; Jeppsson, Fredrik; Hedberg, David; Schönborn, Konrad J. – Physics Education, 2015
Thermal cameras offer real-time visual access to otherwise invisible thermal phenomena, which are conceptually demanding for learners during traditional teaching. We present three studies of students' conduction of laboratory activities that employ thermal cameras to teach challenging thermal concepts in grades 4, 7 and 10-12. Visualization of…
Descriptors: Photography, Teaching Methods, Heat, Science Laboratories
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Imai, Izumi; Kamata, Masahiro; Miura, Naosuke – Physics Education, 2003
Kinetic models of a gas can be hard for students to understand. Typical tools do not display events at the microscopic level, yet computer simulations of the molecules lack a hands-on aspect. Here a new tool is described that combines the squeezing of a syringe with a computer simulation, and it is shown that this has worked well in class for both…
Descriptors: Mechanics (Physics), Computer Simulation, Molecular Structure, Kinetics