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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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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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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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Rode, Henning; Friege, Gunnar – Physics Education, 2017
In this paper a sequence of nine, easy to manufacture optical black-box experiments with increasing levels of difficulty, and supportive frameworks for physics classes are introduced. They have been evaluated in a lower-secondary school at the end of optics lessons. A black-box is a kind of experimental task where the inner structure is not…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Difficulty Level
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Straulino, S.; Bonechi, L. – Physics Education, 2011
The air-cushion table is a powerful instrument to demonstrate the motion of an object in the absence of friction. Such devices are often rather large and do not fit very easily in the classroom. In a different version of this experience, gas comes directly out of the disc itself, which is provided, for example, by a tank of dry ice that slowly…
Descriptors: Photography, Motion, Physics, Science Instruction
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Taber, Keith S. – Physics Education, 2011
Teaching about the nature of science is seen as a priority within science education, and has also been highlighted as a suitable context for challenging the most able ("gifted") learners at secondary school level. This article discusses a practical session designed to introduce the idea of physical (natural) laws. The session asks…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Science
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Soong, Benson; Mercer, Neil; Er, Siew Shin – Physics Education, 2010
In this article, we provide a discussion on our revision method (termed "prescriptive tutoring") aimed at revealing students' misconceptions and misunderstandings by getting them to solve physics problems with an anonymous partner via the computer. It is currently being implemented and evaluated in a public secondary school in Singapore,…
Descriptors: Intervention, Physics, Foreign Countries, Statistical Analysis
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Heck, Andre; Vonk, Ron – Physics Education, 2009
Physics teachers often like to discuss physics concepts with their students on the basis of simple demonstration experiments. In this article, we discuss an experiment for which one only needs a few coins of the same denomination and a wooden stick: the coins are laid alongside the stick on a horizontal surface, the stick is rotated about one of…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Demonstrations (Educational), Science Experiments
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Kibble, Bob – Physics Education, 2008
A 2 m long wooden beam provides an ideal demonstration tool for exploring moments. A class set is cheap and can be used at introductory and advanced levels. This article explores how such beams can be used to support learning about moments, equilibrium, vectors, and simultaneous equations. (Contains 7 figures.)
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Equations (Mathematics), Scientific Concepts
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Price, Colin B. – Physics Education, 2008
Computer games such as Unreal Tournament (UT2004 and UT3) contain a "physics engine" responsible for producing believable dynamic interactions between players and objects in the three-dimensional (3D) virtual world of a game. Through a series of probing experiments we have evaluated the fidelity and internal consistency of the UT2004 physics…
Descriptors: Physics, Engines, Science Instruction, Educational Games
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Ganci, S. – Physics Education, 2008
This short article describes some useful and quick applications of a cooking electronic balance. Newton's third law, Archimedes buoyancy and an estimate of relative density are accomplished in a very simple way. (Contains 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Scientific Concepts
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Straulino, S. – Physics Education, 2008
In the "Third Day" of the "Discourses and Mathematical Demonstrations Concerning Two New Sciences" Galileo Galilei describes the famous experiment of the inclined plane and uses it to bring an experimental confirmation to the laws of uniformly accelerated motion. We describe a reconstruction of the experiment and how the results can be used for…
Descriptors: Physics, Motion, Science Instruction, Mathematics
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Angell, Carl; Kind, Per Morten; Henriksen, Ellen K.; Guttersrud, Oystein – Physics Education, 2008
In this paper we describe a teaching approach focusing on modelling in physics, emphasizing scientific reasoning based on empirical data and using the notion of multiple representations of physical phenomena as a framework. We describe modelling activities from a project (PHYS 21) and relate some experiences from implementation of the modelling…
Descriptors: Physics, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Models, Secondary School Science
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Lovell, M.S. – Physics Education, 2007
This paper presents a derivation of all five Lagrange points by methods accessible to sixth-form students, and provides a further opportunity to match Newtonian gravity with centripetal force. The predictive powers of good scientific theories are also discussed with regard to the philosophy of science. Methods for calculating the positions of the…
Descriptors: Motion, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction
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