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Alexopoulos, A.; Pavlidou, M.; Cherouvis, S. – Physics Education, 2019
In recent years the realisation that children make decisions and choices about subjects they like in primary school became widely accepted. The role of the primary school teacher as the main ambassador for a subject is therefore crucial in inspiring and enthusing the younger generation towards STEM. However, in most European countries, primary…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Role
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Galante, Lorenzo; Arlego, Marcelo; Fanaro, Maria; Gnesi, Ivan – Physics Education, 2019
In this paper we present a pedagogical strategy to introduce the Heisenberg uncertainty principle to high school students. The basis on which this proposal relies is the Fourier transform, connecting the quantum function in the x domain, ?(x), with the function in the wave number domain, A(k). This mathematical relationship directly leads to the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, High School Students, Teaching Methods
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Alho, J.; Silva, H.; Teodoro, V.; Bonfait, G. – Physics Education, 2019
In the field of physics teaching, the simple pendulum provides a very simple way to study the harmonic oscillator, the source of some fundamental concepts such as periodicity, relaxation time and anharmonicity. As such, its experimental study is frequently integrated into high school or first year university programs. With this in mind, in this…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Motion, High Schools
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Rosi, Tommaso; Gratton, Luigi M.; Onorato, Pasquale; Oss, Stefano – Physics Education, 2019
We propose to reconsider the well-known experiment about the interference of white light from a thin soap film by adopting as an illuminating source the RGB triad produced by a LED projector. The interference pattern shows up in a particularly fascinating way and it contains direct, essential information about both the wave nature of light and of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Light, Scientific Concepts
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Kontomaris, Stylianos-Vasileios; Malamou, Anna – Physics Education, 2019
According to Newtonian mechanics, the gravitational fields created by bodies with spherical symmetry (such as planets) are non-uniform. This may create the impression to undergraduate physics students that uniform gravitational fields are just an approximation. This is not the case as uniform gravitational fields are created in hollows of…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Mechanics (Physics), College Science, Undergraduate Students
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Singh, I.; Khun Khun, K.; Kaur, B. – Physics Education, 2019
This paper presents the usage of an Excel spreadsheet for studying charged particle dynamics in the presence of uniform electric and magnetic fields. The equation of motion of the charged particle is developed under different conditions and the data is obtained in an Excel spreadsheet under variation of parameters such as the velocity of charged…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Computer Software, Spreadsheets
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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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Foppoli, Alexander; Choudhary, Rahul; Blair, David; Kaur, Tejinder; Moschilla, John; Zadnik, Marjan – Physics Education, 2019
Einsteinian physics represents a distinct paradigm shift compared to Newtonian physics. There is worldwide interest in introducing Einsteinian physics concepts early in school curriculum and trials have demonstrated that this is feasible. However introducing Einsteinian concepts from an early age requires more than suitable curriculum and teaching…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Faculty Development, Workshops
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Ivanov, Dragia; Nikolov, Stefan – Physics Education, 2019
In this article we consider the well-known demonstration of friction by two interleaved books. We consider a factor that has not been part of the popular explanation--atmospheric pressure. We provide three control experiments to demonstrate the role of atmospheric pressure in the two-book experiment and an additional simple demonstration of the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods, Books
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Moya, Antonio A. – Physics Education, 2019
We have designed an Arduino-based experiment to check the linear relationship between charge and voltage drop in a capacitor. The electric charge stored in a capacitor is determined by the numerical integration over time of the electric current during the charging or discharging processes through a resistor. Instead of using scientific software to…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Energy, Equipment
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Kota, Srividya Durga; Cornish, Scott; Sharma, Manjula Devi – Physics Education, 2019
Electricity is taught in junior high school science in Australia and many other countries. While electricity is all around us and one would say that its context and relevance are obvious, students generally do not find learning about electricity engaging. The objective of this paper is to describe the development and evaluation of an open inquiry…
Descriptors: Junior High School Students, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Spreadsheets
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Ladino Gaspar, Luis Alejandro; Rondón Troncoso, Hermilda Susana – Physics Education, 2019
In this paper we present a method to construct a simple, sturdy and inexpensive photogate to be used in elementary physics laboratories. The great advantage of the proposed design is that it has no transmitter-receiver alignment related problem at all and the receiver is nicely encapsulated which prevents any spurious light triggering the…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Science Laboratories
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Puantha, Rattanaporn; Khammarew, Wilaiwan; Tong-on, Anusorn; Saphet, Parinya – Physics Education, 2019
The purpose of this study was to develop a modern experimental apparatus using an Arduino with LabVIEW instead of the classical experiment. The wavelength of the sound was determined using the resonance of an air column. The smartphone app was used to generate the desired frequencies. A sound intensity and ultrasonic sensor was used to read the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Laboratory Equipment, Science Laboratories
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Goh, Ker Liang – Physics Education, 2019
If a body is in equilibrium under the action of three non-parallel coplanar forces, the forces must be concurrent (Muncaster 1993 "A Level Physics" 4th edn (Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes) p 44, 45, 49; Goh 2018 "Phys. Teach." 56 384). It is easy to show that they are concurrent when the forces meet at a point in the body…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Equations (Mathematics)
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Passon, Oliver; Zügge, Thomas; Grebe-Ellis, Johannes – Physics Education, 2019
Elementary particle physics is gradually implemented into science curricula at the high school level. However, common presentations on educational, semi-technical or popular level contain or support severe misconceptions. We discuss in particular the notion of 'particle', the interaction between them and the use of Feynman diagrams. In many cases…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, High School Students, Scientific Concepts
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