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Kapp, Sebastian; Thees, Michael; Strzys, Martin P.; Beil, Fabian; Kuhn, Jochen; Amiraslanov, Orkhan; Javaheri, Hamraz; Lukowicz, Paul; Lauer, Frederik; Rheinländer, Carl; Wehn, Norbert – Physics Teacher, 2019
During the last decade the development of modern digital media such as smartphones and tablet computers has enabled new experimental possibilities in STEM education. Besides these now nearly ubiquitous devices, the fields of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) also made huge progress and reached education. In this paper we introduce an…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, High School Students, Computer Simulation
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Pavesi, Laura – Physics Teacher, 2019
The phenomenon of emerging water jets from the holes of containers has been extensively studied; nevertheless, it continues to inspire researchers and teachers. The main aspects of the recent studies concern: the range of the jets trajectories; the extension of Bernoulli's equation, of which Torricelli's expression represents an ideal situation,…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Water
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Coletta, Vincent P.; Bernardin, Josh; Pascoe, Daniel; Hoemke, Anatol – Physics Teacher, 2019
Physics instructors recognize the value of kinesthetic experience in learning fundamental physics concepts. We describe a kinesthetic experiment appropriate for both college and high school physics students. The experiment helps students achieve an intuitive understanding of Newton's second law in a way they find quite enjoyable. It was devised by…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods
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Leftwich, Kendal M.; Ioup, Juliette W.; Seab, C. Gregory – Physics Teacher, 2019
We report here on an effort to involve high school physics students in research on impacts of oil spills on marine mammals at a local university. We believe that the effort described here might be useful to others who would like to involve physics students in research, especially work of an interdisciplinary nature. The students learn to work…
Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Physics
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El-Helou, Joseph; Kalman, Calvin S. – Physics Teacher, 2018
Science teachers can always benefit from efficient tools that help students to engage with the subject and understand it better without significantly adding to the teacher's workload nor requiring too much of class time to manage. Reflective writing is such a low-impact, high-return tool. What follows is an introduction to reflective writing, and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Reflection, Writing Assignments
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Carbonel, Cyril; Grasset, Sébastien; Maysonnave, Jean – Physics Teacher, 2018
In astronomy, methods such as direct imaging or interferometry-based techniques (Michelson stellar interferometry for example) are used for observations. A particular advantage of interferometry is that it permits greater spatial resolution compared to direct imaging with a single telescope, which is limited by diffraction owing to the aperture of…
Descriptors: Astronomy, High School Students, Science Instruction, College Students
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Porat, Gilit; Kapon, Shulamit – Physics Teacher, 2018
Although the teaching of mechanics at advanced K12 levels often starts with a brief introduction to physical quantities and units, the nature and function of measurements in physics and their inherent uncertainty are hardly ever discussed. The laboratory is mainly used to illustrate the theoretical principles taught in class. This paper presents a…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Mechanics (Physics), High School Students
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Plotz, Thomas – Physics Teacher, 2017
A possible link between cancer and the usage of mobile phones has been widely discussed in the media in the last 10 years. It is no surprise that students keep asking their physics teacher for advice regarding the handling of mobile phones and mobile phone radiation. This article aims to help teachers include this interesting topic in the…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Cancer, Physics
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Wiener, Gergried J.; Schmeling, Sascha M.; Hopf, Martin – Physics Teacher, 2017
We have developed a learning unit based on the Standard Model of particle physics, featuring novel typographic illustrations of elementary particles and particle systems. Since the unit includes antiparticles and systems of antiparticles, a visualization of anticolor charge was required. We propose an alternative to the commonly used…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Color, Visualization
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Rifkin, Moses – Physics Teacher, 2016
Every physics teacher wants to give his or her students the opportunity to learn physics well. Despite these intentions, certain groups of students--including women and underrepresented minorities (URMs)--are not taking and not remaining in physics. In many cases, these disturbing trends are more significant in physics than in any other science.…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies
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Fadeev, Pavel – Physics Teacher, 2015
Movies are mostly viewed for entertainment. Mixing entertainment and physics gets students excited as we look at a famous movie scene from a different point of view. The following is a link to a fragment from the 2010 motion picture "Inception": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3tBBhYJeAw. The following problem, based on images in facing…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Films, Scientific Concepts
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Zavrel, Erik; Sharpsteen, Eric – Physics Teacher, 2015
In an era when many students carry iPods, iPhones, and iPads, physics teachers are realizing that in order to continue to inspire and convey the amazing things made possible by a few fundamental principles, they must expand laboratory coverage of electricity and circuits beyond the conventional staples of constructing series and parallel…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices
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Brazzle, Bob – Physics Teacher, 2011
My unit on sound and waves is embedded within a long-term project in which my high school students construct a musical instrument out of common materials. The unit culminates with a performance assessment: students play the first four measures of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"--chosen because of the octave interval of the first two notes--in the key…
Descriptors: Acoustics, Physics, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Hobson, Art – Physics Teacher, 2011
I'll outline suggestions for teaching elementary particle physics, often called "high energy physics," in high school or introductory college courses for non-scientists or scientists. Some presentations of this topic simply list the various particles along with their properties, with little overarching structure. Such a laundry list approach is a…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Lunk, Brandon; Beichner, Robert – Physics Teacher, 2011
A compass is an excellent classroom tool for the exploration of magnetic fields. Any student can tell you that a compass is used to determine which direction is north, but when paired with some basic trigonometry, the compass can be used to actually measure the strength of the magnetic field due to a nearby magnet or current-carrying wire. In this…
Descriptors: Physics, Calculus, Prediction, Science Instruction
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