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van de Heyde, Valentino; Siebrits, Andre – Physics Teacher, 2019
In any science field, including physics, it is important to remain abreast of new assessment methods to cater to the 21st-century student. The rationale of this paper is to argue for a move away from the use of lower-order thinking skills (LOTS) in e-assessment in favor of higher-order thinking skills (HOTS), in line with Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Physics, Science Instruction, Computer Assisted Testing
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Lincoln, James – Physics Teacher, 2019
Python is a free, text-based programming language that has already been used by those who do physics research to great effect. But students can also learn to use it and, through its use, learn other aspects of physics--especially ones that are difficult or impossible to perform as physical labs. This article serves as a most-fundamental start for…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Computer Uses in Education, Programming Languages
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Muller, Eric – Physics Teacher, 2019
What do you get when you cross a rubber band with a photocopier? You get a whole series of physics lessons and some great images! It's easy to get this activity up and running, be amazed, and apply it to any number of scientific concepts. It lends itself to a whole host of investigations. This easy-to-do activity can also be aligned to NGSS…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Science Activities, Reprography
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Krehbiel, Joel D.; Schroeder, Kenton N.; Suzuki, Harune; Kilmer, Nelson – Physics Teacher, 2019
Physics and chemistry students learn several methods to determine the density of materials. While measuring the mass of materials is usually simple, volume measurements are more complex. For simple shapes the volume may be determined by measuring its geometry; for more complex shapes students often use Archimedes' principle. However, neither of…
Descriptors: Physics, Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, Science Experiments
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Richards, A. J. – Physics Teacher, 2019
As students learn physics, they are often required to reason about the behavior of macroscopic and microscopic phenomena, and to synthesize prior knowledge from several different areas of physics to construct understanding of new ideas. This can be a tremendously difficult cognitive task for novice students, especially when the unfamiliar…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Visualization
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Young, Kaisa E.; Young, Chadwick H. – Physics Teacher, 2019
Two of the most fundamental skills that students acquire in introductory undergraduate physics laboratory courses are how to accurately plot data and interpret the physical meaning of linear graphs. We redesigned our graphing skills lab with an open-ended approach designed to promote inquiry in graphical analysis and to address specific areas of…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Science, Physics, Undergraduate Students
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Kilmer, Nelson; Krehbiel, Joel D. – Physics Teacher, 2019
Gay-Lussac's law states that the pressure of an ideal gas is directly proportional to its absolute temperature if the volume is constant. Students observe this relationship by taking measurements on the pressure of gas in a flask or metal sphere at different temperatures and then extrapolate the data to estimate absolute zero. In our college…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Teaching Methods
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DiLisi, Greg – Physics Teacher, 2019
The author, Greg DeLisi, a professor at John Carroll University, is always looking for ways to bring current events into his introductory physics classroom or laboratory. He is especially interested in finding examples where basic principles of physics can be used to cast skepticism on assertions made by celebrities, politicians, or professional…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Concepts, College Students
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Elliott, Leslie Atkins; Sippola, Elizabeth; Watkins, Jeffrey – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
In this article, we describe how the Gaussian Gun, a simple configuration of magnets and ball bearings, can be leveraged to connect ideas from physics to representations and ideas that are central to chemistry and challenging for students to learn. In particular, we show how the Gaussian Gun, an arrangement of ball bearings and magnets, models…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Physics, Magnets
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Day, Michael A. – Physics Teacher, 2019
As physics teachers, we possess many items (e.g., demonstrations, online exercises, and even stories) in our pedagogical toolkits. In this paper, I propose and explore one such item that I have found particularly useful and pedagogically significant--the "integrated vocabulary boost." In what follows, I will address what I mean by such…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development
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Pavesi, Laura – Physics Teacher, 2019
The phenomenon of emerging water jets from the holes of containers has been extensively studied; nevertheless, it continues to inspire researchers and teachers. The main aspects of the recent studies concern: the range of the jets trajectories; the extension of Bernoulli's equation, of which Torricelli's expression represents an ideal situation,…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Water
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Hahn, Marcelo Dumas; Cruz, Frederico Alan de Oliveira; Carvalho, Paulo Simeão – Physics Teacher, 2019
When sound waves are taught at the secondary level, the speed of propagation of sound is one of the most important characteristics to be analyzed. However, it is very common in textbooks that the value of sound speed in air is considered constant regardless of the experimental conditions. The great question is that since sound is a mechanical…
Descriptors: Measurement Techniques, Motion, Acoustics, Physics
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Staacks, Sebastian; Hütz, Simon; Heinke, Heidrun; Stampfer, Christoph – Physics Teacher, 2019
We propose an easy experiment that allows students to determine the speed of sound through a simple time-of-flight measurement using two smartphones. The concept of using the sensors in mobile phones for physics experiments has become a well-known option for science teachers. Since these devices are readily available to most students and teachers,…
Descriptors: Measurement, Acoustics, Audio Equipment, Telecommunications
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Coletta, Vincent P.; Bernardin, Josh; Pascoe, Daniel; Hoemke, Anatol – Physics Teacher, 2019
Physics instructors recognize the value of kinesthetic experience in learning fundamental physics concepts. We describe a kinesthetic experiment appropriate for both college and high school physics students. The experiment helps students achieve an intuitive understanding of Newton's second law in a way they find quite enjoyable. It was devised by…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods
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Haugland, Ole Anton – Physics Teacher, 2019
Students should have a strong conceptual understanding of the connection between force and acceleration before they start working with applications and problem solving. This has been discussed in the literature. During these days of flipped classroom instruction, an at-home activity could be especially valuable. I will describe an experiment with…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Teaching Methods
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