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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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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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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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Bonato, Jacopo; Gratton, Luigi M.; Onorato, Pasquale; Oss, Stefano – Physics Education, 2017
We propose the use of smartphone-based slow-motion video analysis techniques as a valuable tool for investigating physics concepts ruling mechanical wave propagation. The simple experimental activities presented here, suitable for both high school and undergraduate students, allows one to measure, in a simple yet rigorous way, the speed of pulses…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Mechanics (Physics), College Science
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Benacka, Jan – Physics Education, 2015
This paper provides the formula for the elevation angle at which a projectile has to be fired in a vacuum from a general position to hit a target at a given distance. A spreadsheet application that models the trajectory is presented, and the problem of finding the points of shot and impact of a projectile moving in a vacuum if three points of the…
Descriptors: Spreadsheets, Science Instruction, Physics, Motion
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Cross, Rod – Physics Education, 2015
The act of swinging an object such as a hammer or a tennis racket involves the application of forces and torques in a manner that is intuitively obvious to the person performing the task, but is probably much less obvious to the average physics student. This article describes the basic mechanics of the problem.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Motion, Scientific Principles, Mechanics (Physics)
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Klieger, Aviva; Sherman, Guy – Physics Education, 2015
Creativity can be viewed from different perspectives, such as the creative thinking process, the product, the creative environment and the individual. The physics domain, which is based on experiments, research, hypotheses and thinking outside the box, can serve as an excellent grounding for creativity development. This article focuses on creative…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Textbooks, Creativity
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Kodejška, C.; De Nunzio, G.; Kubinek, R.; Ríha, J. – Physics Education, 2015
Conducting experiments in physics using modern measuring techniques, and particularly those utilizing computers, is often much more attractive to students than conducting experiments conventionally. However, the cost of professional kits in the Czech Republic is still very expensive for many schools. The basic equipment for one student workplace…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Experiments
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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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Lisotti, Annamaria; De Renzi, Valentina; Rozzi, Carlo Andrea; Villa, Elena; Albertini, Franca; Goldoni, Guido – Physics Education, 2013
We developed an educational path based on nitinol, a shape memory alloy which conveniently exemplifies the smart material concept, i.e., a material that performs a predetermined, reversible action in response to a change in the environment. Nitinol recovers a given shape, changes its resistivity drastically and modifies its elastic properties if…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Secondary School Science, Educational Technology
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Ivanov, Dragia; Nikolov, Stefan – Physics Education, 2013
In this paper we present two experiments to measure Boltzmann's constant--one of the fundamental constants of modern-day physics, which lies at the base of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. The experiments use very basic theory, simple equipment and cheap and safe materials yet provide very precise results. They are very easy and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Physics, Thermodynamics
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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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Gordon, Michal; Gordon, Goren – Physics Education, 2012
The quantum computer game "Schrodinger cat and hounds" is the quantum extension of the well-known classical game fox and hounds. Its main objective is to teach the unique concepts of quantum mechanics in a fun way. "Schrodinger cat and hounds" demonstrates the effects of superposition, destructive and constructive interference, measurements and…
Descriptors: Computer Games, Quantum Mechanics, Mechanics (Physics), Scientific Concepts
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Suwonjandee, N.; Asavapibhop, B. – Physics Education, 2012
During the Thai high-school physics teacher training programme, we used an aluminum loop-the-loop system built by the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) to demonstrate a circular motion and investigate the concept of the conservation of mechanical energy. There were 27 high-school teachers from three provinces,…
Descriptors: Physics, Teachers, Teaching Methods, Motion
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