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Bagnoli, Franco; Guarino, Alessio; Pacini, Giovanna – Physics Education, 2019
In this paper we describe the results of some experiments about using surprising physics demonstrations, presented as magical phenomena followed by scientific explanations, for introducing physics topics in several teaching contexts. All the demonstrations have been designed to be implemented with easy to get and cheap materials, so that students…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Demonstrations (Educational)
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Kontomaris, Stylianos-Vasileios; Malamou, Anna – Physics Education, 2016
An interesting problem in fluid mechanics, with significant educational importance, is the classic hydrostatic paradox. The hydrostatic paradox states the fact that in different shaped containers, with the same base area, which are filled with a liquid of the same height, the applied force by the liquid on the base of each container is exactly the…
Descriptors: Secondary Education, Comparative Analysis, Physics, Undergraduate Students