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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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Taniguchi, Darcy A. A.; Taniguchi, James; Ridgway, Sam; Schulz, Kathryn – Physics Teacher, 2019
The lesson presented here provides a multifaceted inquiry-based opportunity to develop a deep grasp of Archimedes' principle. It was originally developed for high school teachers as part of their training in the basic structure of the Next Generation Science Standards. There are numerous demonstrations illustrating Archimedes' principle, many of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Scientific Principles, High Schools
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Frensley, John – Physics Teacher, 2019
Traditional high school physics instruction often comes across as a mere extension of the mathematics classroom to many of our students. Solving numerical physics problems using structures such as the GUESS method (given, unknown, equation, substitute, solve) doesn't help students with conceptual understanding. With the advent of physics education…
Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Science, Physics, Science Process Skills
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Olmstead, Matt – Physics Teacher, 2019
Throughout students' careers in physics, there are some topics that they learn multiple times and in multiple ways, and other topics that are briefly, if at all, discussed. I wanted to have the students think about all of the different physics topics they had learned in, most likely, a new way. Games have been used as a way to learn new physics…
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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Polen, Carol – Physics Teacher, 2019
Particle physicists are literally rewriting what we know about the physical world; yet, the typical high school physics curriculum spends little to no time on particle physics. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the inclusion of the particle physics topic in the curriculum increased the engagement and knowledge of high school…
Descriptors: Physics, Secondary School Science, High School Students, Science Curriculum
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Briggs, Michael – Physics Teacher, 2019
The mystery tube is a fairly well known activity among science teachers for illustrating the nature of science. A variety of procedures have been presented for carrying out this activity, such as Scott Miller's method based on the BCSE 5E Instructional Model. Mystery tubes and other "black box" activities allow the students to engage in…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Teaching Methods
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Williamson, Kathryn; McLaughlin, Maura; Stewart, John; Lorimer, Duncan; Blumer, Harsha; Zabriskie, Cabot; Heatherly, Sue Ann; Lynch, Ryan – Physics Teacher, 2019
The Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC) engages high school students and teachers in analyzing real data from the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope for the purpose of discovering exotic stars called pulsars. These cosmic clocks can be used as a galactic-scale detector of gravitational waves, ripples in spacetime that have recently been directly…
Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Science, Laboratory Equipment