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Planinsic, G.; Gregorcic, B.; Etkina, E. – Physics Education, 2014
This paper introduces the readers to simple inquiry-based activities (experiments with supporting questions) that one can do with a computer scanner to help students learn and apply the concepts of relative motion in 1 and 2D, vibrational motion and the Doppler effect. We also show how to use these activities to help students think like…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Science Experiments
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Kourkoumelis, C.; Vourakis, S. – Physics Education, 2014
This paper describes an interactive tool for analysis of data from the ATLAS experiment taking place at the world's highest energy particle collider at CERN. The tool, called HYPATIA/applet, enables students of various levels to become acquainted with particle physics and look for discoveries in a similar way to that of real research.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Visualization
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Gómez-Tejedor, José A.; Castro-Palacio, Juan C.; Monsoriu, Juan A. – Physics Education, 2014
We present a simple and accurate experiment to obtain the speed of sound in air using a conventional speaker and a microphone connected to a computer. A free open source digital audio editor and recording computer software application allows determination of the time-of-flight of the wave for different distances, from which the speed of sound is…
Descriptors: Measurement Techniques, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Computer Uses in Education
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Miller, Jon S.; Windelborn, Augden F. – Physics Education, 2013
The activities described here allow students to explore the concept of diffusion with the use of common equipment such as computers, webcams and analysis software. The procedure includes taking a series of digital pictures of a container of water with a webcam as a dye slowly diffuses. At known time points, measurements of the pixel densities…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Educational Technology, Physics
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Ribeiro, C. I. – Physics Education, 2013
In this paper an example of a simple harmonic motion, the apparent motion of sunspots due to the Sun's rotation, is described, which can be used to teach this subject to high-school students. Using real images of the Sun, students can calculate the star's rotation period with the simple harmonic motion mathematical expression.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Motion, Scientific Concepts
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St. John, Stuart A. – Physics Education, 2012
The purpose of this work was to investigate ways in which everyday computers can be used in schools to fulfil several of the roles of more expensive, specialized laboratory equipment for teaching and learning purposes. The brief adopted was to keep things as straightforward as possible so that any school science department with a few basic tools…
Descriptors: Physics, Laboratory Equipment, Computer Peripherals, Science Departments
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Mungan, Carl E. – Physics Education, 2012
A pair of objects on an inclined plane are connected together by a string. The upper object is then connected to a fixed post via a spring. The situation is first analysed as a classroom exercise in using free-body diagrams to solve Newton's second law for a system of objects upon which many different kinds of force are acting (string tension,…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Motion
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Slegr, J.; Kraus, I. – Physics Education, 2012
SpaceShipTwo is a private spaceplane project which is intended for space tourism. Very few details about its construction and flight characteristics are available for the public, but with proper numerical methods some interesting results can be obtained using secondary school mathematics. An exercise about SpaceShipTwo can be used as a…
Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Physics
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Gagnon, Michel – Physics Education, 2011
The close relationship between charged particles and electromagnetic fields has been well known since the 19th century, thanks to James Clerk Maxwell's brilliant unified theory of electricity and magnetism. Today, electromagnetism is recognized as an essential aspect of human activity and has consequently become a major component of senior…
Descriptors: Physics, Computer Software, Motion, High Schools
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Gagnon, Michel – Physics Education, 2011
Mainly used in the 1960s, bubble chambers played a major role in particle physics. Now replaced with modern electronic detectors, we believe they remain an important didactic tool to introduce particle physics as they provide visual, appealing and insightful pictures. Sadly, this rare type of detector is mostly accessible through open-door events…
Descriptors: Simulation, Mechanics (Physics), Computer Software, Science Instruction
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Long, Lynne – Physics Education, 2011
This article introduces teachers and students to a new portal of resources called Learning with ATLAS at CERN (http://learningwithatlas-portal.eu/), which has been developed by a European consortium of academic researchers and schools' liaison and outreach providers from countries across Europe. It includes the use of some of the mind-boggling…
Descriptors: Physics, Foreign Countries, Internet, Teaching Methods
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Picciarelli, Vittorio; Stella, Rosa – Physics Education, 2010
The topic of coupled oscillations is rich in physical content which is both interesting and complex. The study of the time evolution of coupled oscillator systems involves a mathematical formalization beyond the level of the upper secondary school student's competence. Here, we present an original approach, suitable even for secondary students, to…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Motion, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories
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Reed, B. Cameron – Physics Education, 2010
A freely available, easy-to-use Excel spreadsheet for performing linear least-squares fits for (x, y) data with errors in both coordinates is described. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Spreadsheets, Science Instruction, Least Squares Statistics
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Pereira, Alexsandro; Ostermann, Fernanda; Cavalcanti, Claudio – Physics Education, 2009
For many students, the conceptual learning of quantum mechanics can be rather painful owing to the counter-intuitive nature of quantum phenomena. In order to enhance students' understanding of the odd behaviour of photons and electrons, we introduce a computational simulation of the Mach-Zehnder interferometer, developed by our research group. An…
Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Science Instruction, Mechanics (Physics), College Science
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Gintautas, Vadas; Hubler, Alfred – Physics Education, 2009
Lessons and homework problems involving a pendulum are often a big part of introductory physics classes and laboratory courses from high school to undergraduate levels. Although laboratory equipment for pendulum experiments is commercially available, it is often expensive and may not be affordable for teachers on fixed budgets, particularly in…
Descriptors: Physics, Laboratory Equipment, Computer Uses in Education, Science Instruction
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