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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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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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Hazari, Zahra; Brewe, Eric; Goertzen, Renee Michelle; Hodapp, Theodore – Physics Teacher, 2017
Given the historic and continued underrepresentation of women in physics, it is important to understand the role that high school physics might play in attracting female students to physics careers. Drawing on data from over 900 female undergraduates in physics, we examine when these women became interested in physics careers and different sources…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Females
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D'Anna, Michele; Corridoni, Tommaso – Physics Teacher, 2015
Thin film interference manifests itself in a wide range of visually pleasing situations in everyday life (in the colored effects caused by a drop of oil on water, in soap bubbles, etc.) and is also involved in important technical applications (semi-reflecting mirrors, anti-reflection lenses, etc.). Yet, despite its familiarity, high school…
Descriptors: Science Experiments, Science Activities, High School Students, Scientific Concepts
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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
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White, Susan C. – Physics Teacher, 2013
We have just completed the data collection for our 2012-13 Nationwide Survey of High School Physics and expect to have results to report in the spring. In the interim, we will take a look at physics in two-year colleges (TYCs). In 2007, we surveyed undergraduate seniors in degree-granting physics departments, and we asked these students if they…
Descriptors: National Surveys, Student Surveys, Physics, College Seniors
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O'Brien, Michael J.; Thompson, John R. – Physics Teacher, 2009
The Physics First movement--teaching a true physics course to ninth-grade students--is gaining popularity in high schools. There are several different rhetorical arguments for and against this movement, and it is quite controversial in physics education. However, there is no actual evidence to assess the success, or failure, of this substantial…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Grade 9, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Hazari, Zahra; Sadler, Philip M.; Tai, Robert H. – Physics Teacher, 2008
The disparity in persistence between males and females studying physics has been a topic of concern to physics educators for decades. Overall, while female students perform as well as or better than male students, they continue to lag considerably in terms of persistence. The most significant drop in females studying physics occurs between high…
Descriptors: Women Scientists, Majors (Students), High Schools, Advanced Placement