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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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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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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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Chekour, Mohammed – Physics Education, 2018
Moroccan students encounter major difficulties in the acquisition of electric phenomena. The phenomenon of resonance is not an exception. This phenomenon is ranked among the most difficult and important phenomena of wave physics. In this article, we simulated the resonance phenomenon via the PSPICE simulator. The proposed simulation allows…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Foreign Countries
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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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Wiener, Gerfried J.; Woithe, Julia; Brown, Alexander; Jende, Konrad – Physics Education, 2016
In the context of the recent re-start of CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the challenge presented by unidentified falling objects (UFOs), we seek to facilitate the introduction of high energy physics in the classroom. Therefore, this paper provides an overview of the LHC and its operation, highlighting existing education resources, and…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Energy, Science Curriculum
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Ladino, L. A.; Rondón, S. H. – Physics Education, 2015
In this paper, we present a low-cost method to study the Gay-Lussac's law. We use a heating wire wrapped around the test tube to heat the air inside and make use of a solid state pressure sensor which requires a previous calibration to measure the pressure in the test tube.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Scientific Concepts, Heat
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Testa, Italo; Busarello, Gianni; Puddu, Emanuella; Leccia, Silvio; Merluzzi, Paola; Colantonio, Arturo; Moretti, Maria Ida; Galano, Silvia; Zappia, Alessandro – Physics Education, 2015
The science education literature shows that students have difficulty understanding what causes the seasons. Incorrect explanations are often due to a lack of knowledge about the physical mechanisms underlying this phenomenon. To address this, we present a module in which the students engage in quantitative measurements with a photovoltaic panel to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Statistical Analysis
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Theilmann, Florian – Physics Education, 2014
In a typical high school course, the complex physics of collisions is broken up into the dichotomy of perfectly elastic versus completely inelastic collisions. Real-life collisions, however, generally fall between these two extremes. An accurate treatment is still possible, as demonstrated in an investigation of coin collisions. Simple…
Descriptors: Geometry, Physics, Kinetics, High School Students
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Onorato, Pasquale; De Ambrosis, Anna – Physics Education, 2013
We present a sequence of activities aimed at promoting both learning about magnetic forces and students' reflection about the conceptual bridge between magnetic forces on a moving charge and on a current-carrying wire in a magnetic field. The activity sequence, designed for students in high school or on introductory physics courses, has been…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Learning Activities, Scientific Concepts, Physics
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Sokolowski, Andrzej – Physics Education, 2013
Research has shown that students have difficulty understanding the underlying process of the photoelectric effect. Thus, this study sought to utilize an inductively situated lesson for teaching the photoelectric effect, hypothesizing that this type of enquiry would help learners delve deeper into the principles of the phenomenon and provide a…
Descriptors: Physics, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Cross, Rod – Physics Education, 2013
Measurements are presented on the rise of a spinning egg. It was found that the spin, the angular momentum and the kinetic energy all decrease as the egg rises, unlike the case of a ballerina who can increase her spin and kinetic energy by reducing her moment of inertia. The observed effects can be explained, in part, in terms of rolling friction…
Descriptors: Kinetics, Physics, Motion, Science Instruction
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Kapon, Shulamit – Physics Education, 2013
Although high school physics students solve problems using the expression E = mc[superscript 2], the origin of this expression and its deep conceptual meaning are hardly ever discussed due to students' limited prior knowledge. In 1946, a year after the atomic bombs were first dropped, Albert Einstein published a popular scientific paper explaining…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Education, Science Instruction, Energy
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Quinn, Terry; Quinn, Lucas; Davis, Richard – Physics Education, 2013
A watt balance is an electromechanical device that allows a mass to be determined in terms of measurable electrical and mechanical quantities, themselves traceable to the fundamental constants of physics. International plans are well advanced to redefine the unit of mass, the kilogram, in terms of a fixed numerical value for the Planck constant. A…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Laboratory Equipment, Measurement Equipment
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