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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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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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González, Manuel I. – Physics Education, 2017
Measuring voltage-current and voltage-power curves of a photovoltaic module is a nice experiment for high school and undergraduate students. In labs where real sunlight is not available this experiment requires a solar simulator. A prototype of a simulator using LED lamps has been manufactured and tested, and a comparison with classical halogen…
Descriptors: Simulation, Light, Lighting, Electromechanical Technology
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Hernandez, M. I.; Couso, D.; Pinto, R. – Physics Education, 2011
Teaching the acoustic properties of materials is a good way to teach physics concepts, extending them into the technological arena related to materials science. This article describes an innovative approach for teaching sound and acoustics in combination with sound insulating materials in secondary school (15-16-year-old students). Concerning the…
Descriptors: Auditory Perception, Acoustics, Auditory Tests, Scientific Methodology
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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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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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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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Gianino, Concetto – Physics Education, 2007
The change from the state of supercooling to the solid state of ice is called superfreezing. This process is not uncommon and takes place in domestic freezers. It is also easy to reproduce in the laboratory. (Contains 6 figures.)
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Climate, Scientific Concepts
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Hoekzema, Dick; van den Berg, Ed; Schooten, Gert; van Dijk, Leo – Physics Education, 2007
The combination of mathematical and conceptual difficulties makes teaching quantum physics at secondary schools a precarious undertaking. With many of the conceptual difficulties being unavoidable, simplifying the mathematics becomes top priority. The particle/wave-in-a-box provides a teaching model which includes many aspects of serious …
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Models, Physics, Secondary Education
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Cid, Ramon – Physics Education, 2005
Physics teachers in secondary schools usually mention the world's largest particle physics laboratory--CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research)--only because of the enormous size of the accelerators and detectors used there, the number of scientists involved in their activities and also the necessary international scientific…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Physics, Science Education, Secondary Education
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McBride, John W.; Bhatti, Muhammad I.; Hannan, Mohammad A.; Feinberg, Martin – Physics Education, 2004
Leaders in science education have actively promoted inquiry science since the 1960s and continue to do so today. The US National Science Education Standards recommend that science instruction and learning should be well grounded in inquiry. In spite of these efforts, however, little has changed in the way science is taught. Teacher-talk and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Secondary School Science, Science Education History