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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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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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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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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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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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de Carvalho, Vinícius; Martins, Victor Hugo; Fabris, Luís Victor Muller; Muller, Marcia; Fabris, José Luís – Physics Education, 2019
This work shows the production steps of two optical fibre sensing setups which were specially designed for the activities of the 2018 Photonics Lab Open Day realized at the Federal University of Technology-Paraná in Brazil as a celebration of the first International Day of Light (16 May). The systems are based on the sensing properties of fibre…
Descriptors: Optics, Physics, Science Instruction, High School Students
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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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Brockington, Guilherme; Schivani, Milton; Barscevicius, Cesar; Raquel, Talita; Pietrocola, Maurício – Physics Education, 2018
Research in the field of physics teaching has revealed high school students' difficulties in establishing relations between kinematic equations and real movements. Moreover, there are well-known and significant challenges in their comprehension of graphic language content. Thus, this article explores a didactic activity which utilized robotics in…
Descriptors: Robotics, Kinetics, Physics, High School Students
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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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