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de Jesus, V. L. B.; Pérez, C. A. C.; de Oliveira, A. L.; Sasaki, D. G. G. – Physics Education, 2019
Currently, the number of smartphones with an embedded gyroscope sensor has been increasing due games whose performance relies on 3D augmented reality. In general, teaching papers on the gyroscope sensor address very simple spatial configuration, where the fixed rotation axis coincides to the z-axis of the smartphone. This work presents five…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Motion, Teaching Methods
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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
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Cross, Rod – Physics Education, 2018
A simple throwing task is described to illustrate various aspects of projectile motion. The task was to throw a tennis ball in a waste paper bin about 2 m away. Success depends on skill, but it also depends on the physics of the problem. If the ball is thrown underarm, then success depends primarily on the throw speed, which must be controlled to…
Descriptors: Accuracy, Task Analysis, Motion, Racquet Sports
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Moya, A. A. – Physics Education, 2018
The introduction of electric circuit simulation software for undergraduate students in a general physics course is proposed in order to contribute to the constructive learning of electric circuit theory. This work focuses on the lab exercises based on dc, transient and ac analysis in electric circuits found in introductory physics courses, and…
Descriptors: Equipment, Simulation, Computer Software, Science Instruction
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González, Manuel I. – Physics Education, 2018
Physicists create spreadsheets customarily to carry out numerical calculations and to display their results in a meaningful, nice-looking way. Spreadsheets can also be used to display a vivid geometrical model of a physical system. This statement is illustrated with an example taken from geometrical optics: images formed by a thin lens. A careful…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Visual Aids, Spreadsheets
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Erol, M.; Çolak, I. Ö. – Physics Education, 2018
This paper reports a simple magnetically driven oscillator, designed and resolved in order to achieve a better student understanding and to overcome certain instructional difficulties. The apparatus is mainly comprised of an ordinary spring pendulum with a neodymium magnet attached to the bottom, a coil placed in the same vertical direction, an…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Magnets
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Espindola, P. R.; Cena, C. R.; Alves, D. C. B.; Bozano, D. F.; Goncalves, A. M. B. – Physics Education, 2018
The study of buoyancy becomes very interesting when we measure the apparent weight of the body and the liquid vessel weight. In this paper, we propose an experimental apparatus that measures both the forces mentioned before as a function of the depth that a cylinder is sunk into the water. It is done using two load cells connected to an Arduino.…
Descriptors: Kinetics, Science Experiments, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles
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Holubova, R. – Physics Education, 2018
The aim of the paper is the presentation of an interdisciplinary topic that allows applying content knowledge in physics, mathematics and biology in real life environment. Students use to play games and view crime scenes but in common they have little knowledge about the science used during crime scene investigation. In this paper the science…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Mathematics
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Souza, P. V. S.; Morais, L. P.; Girardi, D. – Physics Education, 2018
We present an educational game for teaching physics, "Spies." The game is based on the popular boardgame "Codenames." It is useful as a didactic tool to promote and improve student engagement. "Spies" is practical, fast and requires very little physical resources, which makes it ideal for high school teaching and…
Descriptors: Physics, Teaching Methods, Educational Games, Learner Engagement
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Hartmann, Bruno; Priemer, Burkhard – Physics Education, 2018
Research shows that energy is a concept that is difficult to understand despite different teaching approaches existing. One of the problems is seen in its rather abstract definition. In contrast, we present an approach that activates students' everyday life experiences and uses these to develop a scientific understanding by introducing energy as a…
Descriptors: Energy, Observation, Measurement, Physics
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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
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Scomparin, P. R.; Carvalho-Neto, J. T. – Physics Education, 2018
Newton's laws of mechanics are a cornerstone in the development of modern science and its learning can be the very first opportunity for students to defy their common sense perceptions and replace them with a more robust world view. However, despite their fundamental importance, many studies demonstrate how difficult is the true comprehension of…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Scientific Principles
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Samsonau, Sergey V. – Physics Education, 2018
This paper presents a set of laboratory classes to be taught as a part of a 1 year calculus-based physics class. It is composed of 7 modules designed to bring together experiments and computer simulations. Each module uses both simulations and experiments to address a phenomenon under study, and lasts for 3 weeks (21 weeks total for the whole…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Learning Modules
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Harrison, Mark – Physics Education, 2018
Putting an electrical circuit within an inaccessible black box and asking pupils to deduce what wiring is contained within the box based solely on the circuit's behaviour is a simple teaching idea with a long history. Problems arise when trying to build enough physical black boxes to simulate a larger number of circuits within a typical school's…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Equipment, Electronics, Simulation
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Gyllenpalm, Jakob; Christiansson, Ulf; Friggebo, Patrik – Physics Education, 2018
Laboratory work in physics has traditionally focused on the verification of facts, theories and laws. In contrast, this article describes how laboratory tasks can be used to promote students understanding about the nature of science and scientific inquiry. In the project reported here, students learn about measurement uncertainties and a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Science Laboratories, Scientific Concepts
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