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Wong, Siu Ling; Mak, Se-yuen – Physics Education, 2008
We describe the design of a simple homemade apparatus for the measurement of the refractive indices of liquids and demonstration of refraction. A circular transparent plastic tank and a lazy Susan are held concentrically. A laser pointer is mounted on the lazy Susan with its laser beam pointing radially through the centre of the plastic tank.…
Descriptors: Lasers, Light, Optics, Physics
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Parker, Kerry – Physics Education, 2002
Considers whether there might be cultural elements that lie behind the tendency of physics to be a more popular option with boys than with girls. Concludes that making sweeping assumptions about male and female preferences is liable to create more problems. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Gender Issues, Physics, Science Education
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Astin, Christina; Fisher, Nick; Taylor, Bernard – Physics Education, 2002
Describes teachers' experiences in teaching a course for which a visit to help students use their physics in a real, working context with accompanying report is a compulsory component. Reports that teachers are enthusiastic about the value of visits as part of their teaching program and makes some suggestions for maximizing their effectiveness.…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Field Trips, Innovation, Physics
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Roche, John – Physics Education, 2002
Explains the origin and significance of harmonic motion which is an important topic that has wide application in the world. Describes the phenomenon by using an auxiliary circle to help illustrate the key relationships between acceleration, displacement, time, velocity, and phase. (Contains 16 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Higher Education, Motion, Physics
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Stinner, Arthur – Physics Education, 2002
Explains attempts to calculate the ages of the earth and the sun from an historical perspective by reviewing the works of Newton, Count de Buffon, Helmholtz, Kelvin, and Hans Bethe. (YDS)
Descriptors: Earth Science, Educational Strategies, Foreign Countries, High Schools
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Ramsier, R. D. – Physics Education, 2001
Describes an approach to incorporate active learning strategies into the first semester of a university-level introductory physics course. Combines cooperative and peer-based methods inside the classroom with project-based learning outside the classroom in an attempt to develop students' transferable skills as well as improving their understanding…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Cooperative Learning, Higher Education, Introductory Courses
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Viiri, Jouni – Physics Education, 2000
Reports the findings of research into students' understanding of tides. Students from secondary school and pre-service primary school teacher trainees were chosen as subjects and their understanding was assessed by questionnaire. (Author/CCM)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Higher Education, Physics, Science Education
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Morris, Chris – Physics Education, 1990
Described is a mobile hands-on science program called "Light Works" that is brought directly into the classroom. The reasons for the implementation of "Light Works" into primary classrooms is discussed. The advantages and operation of this program are included. (KR)
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Exhibits
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Pearce, Jon M. – Physics Education, 1988
Introduces three different techniques to facilitate the measurement of speed and the associated kinematics and dynamics using a computer. Discusses sensing techniques using optical or ultrasonic sensors, interfacing with a computer, software routines for the interfaces, and other applications. Provides circuit diagrams, pictures, and a program to…
Descriptors: College Science, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Interfaces, Computer Software
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McCaughan, J. B. T. – Physics Education, 1987
Uses capillarity as an example of a problem in physics which has been explained mathematically in two different ways. Argues that only one explanation is indeed valid and demonstrates this opinion through experimentation and discussions. Proposes that mathematics should be used in physics as a tool to predict, not to explain. (TW)
Descriptors: College Science, Concept Formation, Epistemology, Higher Education
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Borghi, L.; And Others – Physics Education, 1987
Describes a teaching strategy designed to help high school students learn mechanics by involving them in simple experimental work, observing didactic films, running computer simulations, and executing more complex laboratory experiments. Provides an example of the strategy as it is applied to the topic of projectile motion. (TW)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Mechanics (Physics)
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Pingnet, B.; And Others – Physics Education, 1988
Describes two demonstration experiments. Outlines a demonstration of the general principle of positive and negative feedback and the influence of time delays in feedback circuits. Elucidates the principle of negative feedback with a model of the iris of the eye. Emphasizes the importance of feedback in biological systems. (CW)
Descriptors: Behavior, Biofeedback, Biology, Electronic Equipment
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Tao, P. K. – Physics Education, 1987
Suggests the development of curriculum materials on the applications of physics to traffic accident investigations as a theme for teaching mechanics. Describes several standard investigation techniques and the physics principles involved, along with some sample exercises. (TW)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Energy, Force, Motion
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Isenberg, Cyril – Physics Education, 1988
Deals with a diffraction experiment using wrapping paper. Provides a magnified picture of the paper, a diffraction diagram, and some instructional information. (YP)
Descriptors: Demonstrations (Educational), Laboratory Experiments, Laboratory Procedures, Lasers
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Adey, Philip; Shayer, Michael – Physics Education, 1988
Attempts to show that not only can density be taught to lower ability pupils but that by doing so, there is the possibility of assisting pupils to develop their reasoning powers. Lists teaching activities that help in this process. (CW)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Cognitive Ability, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes
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