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Phillips, Jeffrey A. – Physics Teacher, 2016
While entropy is often described as "disorder," it is better thought of as a measure of how spread out energy is within a system. To illustrate this interpretation of entropy to introductory college or high school students, several activities have been created. Students first study the relationship between microstates and macrostates to…
Descriptors: Energy, College Students, High School Students, Teaching Methods
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Sokoloff, David R. – Physics Teacher, 2016
There is considerable evidence that traditional approaches are ineffective in teaching physics concepts, including light and optics concepts. A major focus of the work of the Activity Based Physics Group has been on the development of active learning curricula like RealTime Physics (RTP) labs and Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (ILDs). Among…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Learning Strategies, Light, Optics
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Huwe, Paul; Field, Scott – Physics Teacher, 2015
Recent and exciting discoveries in astronomy and cosmology have inspired many high school students to learn about these fields. A particularly fascinating consequence of general relativity at the forefront of modern cosmology research is gravitational lensing, the bending of light rays that pass near massive objects. Gravitational lensing enables…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Physics, Astronomy, High School Students