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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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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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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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Ivanov, Dragia; Nikolov, Stefan – Physics Education, 2011
This article presents a new technique for performing most well-known demonstrations of wave optics. Demonstrations which are normally very hard to show to more than a few people can be presented easily to very large audiences with excellent visibility for everyone. The proposed setup is easy to put together and use and can be very useful for…
Descriptors: Audiences, Optics, Demonstrations (Educational), High Schools
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Hughes, Stephen W. – Physics Education, 2010
In this article some basic laboratory bench experiments are described that are useful for teaching high school students some of the basic principles of stellar astrophysics. For example, in one experiment, students slam a plastic water-filled bottle down onto a bench, ejecting water towards the ceiling, illustrating the physics associated with a…
Descriptors: High School Students, Physics, Secondary School Science, Scientific Principles
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Gluck, P. – Physics Education, 2010
This article reports a high school laboratory project whose theme is the motion of a small ball on cycloidal tracks. Models were built both of a brachistochrone and of a Huygens pendulum clock whose bob is constrained to move on a cycloidal path. Photogates and a data acquisition system were employed in order to investigate experimentally the…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Laboratory Equipment, Motion, High School Students
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De Luca, R. – Physics Education, 2010
Using Faraday's law, one can illustrate how an electromotive force generator, directly utilizing seawater motion, works. The conceptual device proposed is rather simple in its components and can be built in any high school or college laboratory. The description of the way in which the device generates an electromotive force can be instructive not…
Descriptors: Motion, Energy, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles
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Guglielmino, M.; Gratton, L. M.; Oss, S. – Physics Education, 2010
We propose a simple, direct estimate of the Sun's diameter based on penumbra observation and measurement in a two-level approach, the first for middle-school pupils and making use of simple geometrical arguments, the second more appropriate to high-school students and based on a slightly more sophisticated approach. (Contains 5 figures.)
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Middle School Students, High School Students, Secondary School Science
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Picciarelli, Vittorio; Stella, Rosa – Physics Education, 2010
The topic of coupled oscillations is rich in physical content which is both interesting and complex. The study of the time evolution of coupled oscillator systems involves a mathematical formalization beyond the level of the upper secondary school student's competence. Here, we present an original approach, suitable even for secondary students, to…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Motion, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories
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Kapon, S.; Ganiel, U.; Eylon, B. – Physics Education, 2009
This article presents an approach to integrating public e-lectures on contemporary physics into a traditional high-school syllabus. This approach was used in a long-distance professional development course for in-service physics teachers. Each lecture was related to a specific obligatory syllabus chapter, and was accompanied by learner-centred…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Pereira, Alexsandro; Ostermann, Fernanda; Cavalcanti, Claudio – Physics Education, 2009
For many students, the conceptual learning of quantum mechanics can be rather painful owing to the counter-intuitive nature of quantum phenomena. In order to enhance students' understanding of the odd behaviour of photons and electrons, we introduce a computational simulation of the Mach-Zehnder interferometer, developed by our research group. An…
Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Science Instruction, Mechanics (Physics), College Science
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Gratton, L. M.; Lopez-Arias, T.; Calza, G.; Oss, S. – Physics Education, 2009
We discuss some simple experiments dealing with intriguing properties of light and its interaction with matter. In particular, we show how to emphasize that light reflection, refraction and scattering can provide a proper, physical description of human perception of the "colour" white. These experiments can be used in the classroom with an enquiry…
Descriptors: Light, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Science Experiments
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Gintautas, Vadas; Hubler, Alfred – Physics Education, 2009
Lessons and homework problems involving a pendulum are often a big part of introductory physics classes and laboratory courses from high school to undergraduate levels. Although laboratory equipment for pendulum experiments is commercially available, it is often expensive and may not be affordable for teachers on fixed budgets, particularly in…
Descriptors: Physics, Laboratory Equipment, Computer Uses in Education, Science Instruction
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Ruangsuwan, Chaiyapong; Arayathanitkul, Kwan – Physics Education, 2009
A low-cost celestial globe is developed to support astronomical coordinate learning. It is used for demonstrating how stars are positioned and to analyse the motion of celestial bodies or diurnal motion. The model was implemented at a weekend astronomy camp provided for students from schools in the northeastern region of Thailand. A series of…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Motion, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction
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Amir, Nazir; Subramaniam, R. – Physics Education, 2009
An activity to excite kinaesthetically inclined students about learning physics is described in this article. Using only commonly available materials, a low cost candy floss kit is fabricated by students. A number of physics concepts are embedded contextually in the activity so that students get to learn these concepts in a real world setting…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Science Activities, Teaching Methods
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