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Alho, J.; Silva, H.; Teodoro, V.; Bonfait, G. – Physics Education, 2019
In the field of physics teaching, the simple pendulum provides a very simple way to study the harmonic oscillator, the source of some fundamental concepts such as periodicity, relaxation time and anharmonicity. As such, its experimental study is frequently integrated into high school or first year university programs. With this in mind, in this…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Motion, High Schools
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Rosi, Tommaso; Gratton, Luigi M.; Onorato, Pasquale; Oss, Stefano – Physics Education, 2019
We propose to reconsider the well-known experiment about the interference of white light from a thin soap film by adopting as an illuminating source the RGB triad produced by a LED projector. The interference pattern shows up in a particularly fascinating way and it contains direct, essential information about both the wave nature of light and of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Light, Scientific Concepts
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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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Broomfield, H.; Hirst, J.; Raven, M.; Joos, M.; Vafeiadis, T.; Chung, T. K.; Harrow, J.; Khoo, D.; Kwok, T.; Li, J.; Mandelstam, H.; Martin-Halls, J.; Perkins, R.; Singh, A.; Southwell, J.; Tsui, A.; Tsui, K.; Townsend, D.; Watson, H. – Physics Education, 2018
The CERN Beamline for Schools Competition gives high school students the opportunity to perform an experiment of their design using the T9 facility. Our team, 'Relatively Special', was fortunate enough to be joint winners of this global event and travel to CERN for a unique adventure. This paper gives an account of our story including the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, High School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Experiments
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Gyllenpalm, Jakob; Christiansson, Ulf; Friggebo, Patrik – Physics Education, 2018
Laboratory work in physics has traditionally focused on the verification of facts, theories and laws. In contrast, this article describes how laboratory tasks can be used to promote students understanding about the nature of science and scientific inquiry. In the project reported here, students learn about measurement uncertainties and a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Science Laboratories, Scientific Concepts
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Silva, M. C.; Vilela, D. C.; Migoto, V. G.; Gomes, M. P.; Martin, I. M.; Germano, J. S. E. – Physics Education, 2017
Ionizing radiation one of modern physics experimental teaching in colleges and high school can be easily implemented today due to low coasts of detectors and also electronic circuits and data acquisition interfaces. First it is interesting to show to young's students what is ionizing radiation and from where they appears near ground level? How it…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High Schools, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction
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Rossi, Sabrina; Giordano, Enrica; Lanciano, Nicoletta – Physics Education, 2016
In this paper we present the "Sky on Earth" project funded in 2008 by the Italian Ministry of Instruction, Research and University, inside its annual public outreach education program. The project's goal was to realise a stable and open-access astronomical garden, where children, teachers and citizens could be engaged in investigations…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Astronomy, Science Course Improvement Projects, Informal Education
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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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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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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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Caleon, Imelda; Subramaniam, R.; Regaya, Ma Hershey P. – Physics Education, 2013
The familiar bell-jar demonstration, commonly used to show that sound cannot travel in a vacuum, is revisited in this study. It is suggested that by emphasizing the different media present in this set-up, sound propagation in near-vacuum conditions can be made possible. In this way, the concept of sound propagation in this set-up can be examined…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Demonstrations (Educational), Scientific Concepts
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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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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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