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Atkin, Keith – Physics Education, 2019
This paper shows how a freely downloadable and powerful software package, "SMath Studio," can be used to model physical systems in physics teaching. The software can form the basis of lecture demonstrations by teachers or can be used individually by students working in an educational environment or on their own home computers.
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Problem Solving, Scientific Concepts
Atkin, Keith – Physics Education, 2018
This paper examines the Torricelli law for the flow of liquid from a small drain hole in a container. It shows how the system can be modelled using either a traditional calculus-based approach or a non-calculus step-wise computer method appropriate to the background of the student group. An experiment to measure the head of out-flowing liquid as a…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Computer Software, Scientific Principles
Atkin, Keith – Physics Education, 2016
This paper shows how it is possible to construct a very simple device for the measurement of magnetic flux densities in an educational context. It is also shown how such a device can be interfaced to a microcontroller with plotting-software to facilitate the study of magnetic fields produced by a current-carrying coil.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Laboratory Equipment, Measurement Equipment