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Engelman, Jonathan – ProQuest LLC, 2016
Changing student conceptions in physics is a difficult process and has been a topic of research for many years. The purpose of this study was to understand what prompted students to change or not change their incorrect conceptions of Newtons Second or Third Laws in response to an intervention, Interactive Video Vignettes (IVVs), designed to…
Descriptors: College Students, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts
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Leppavirta, Johanna – Research in Science Education, 2012
Traditional multiple-choice concept inventories measure students' critical conceptual understanding and are designed to reveal students' naive or alternate ideas. The overall scores, however, give little information about the state of students' knowledge and the consistency of reasoning. This study investigates whether students have consistent…
Descriptors: Multiple Choice Tests, Concept Formation, Scientific Research, Foreign Countries
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Fitzgerald, Mike; Brand, Lance – Tech Directions, 2011
The separation of content between science, math, engineering, and technology education should not exist. Working with the relationship between these content areas enhances students' efforts to learn about the physical world--and the Bungee Jump offers one great way to go about it. This article describes an activity called the Egg Bungee Jump which…
Descriptors: Plastics, Science Activities, Musicians, Physical Sciences
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Mihail, Michael D.; George, Thomas F.; Feldman, Bernard J. – Physics Teacher, 2008
This article describes an experiment that measures the forces acting on a flying bird during takeoff. The experiment uses a minimum of equipment and only an elementary knowledge of kinematics and Newton's second law. The experiment involves first digitally videotaping a bird during takeoff, analyzing the video to determine the bird's position as a…
Descriptors: Animals, Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles
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El Idrissi, Abdallah; Calabrese, Dominic; Hickox, Tyler – Physics Teacher, 2020
For many years, Atwood's machine has been used to demonstrate, illustrate, or verify Newton's laws in introductory physics courses. It consists of two objects of different mass that are fastened to the ends of a string that hangs over a pulley. In an idealized situation, one assumes that pulley friction, the string's mass, and changes in the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Teaching Methods, Equipment
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Stewart, John; Zabriskie, Cabot; DeVore, Seth; Stewart, Gay – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
Research on the test structure of the Force Concept Inventory (FCI) has largely been performed with exploratory methods such as factor analysis and cluster analysis. Multidimensional Item Response Theory (MIRT) provides an alternative to traditional exploratory factor analysis which allows statistical testing to identify the optimal number of…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Lovatt, Ian – Physics Teacher, 2009
Newton's law of gravitation is a central topic in the first-year physics curriculum. A lecturer can go beyond the physical details and use the history of gravitation to discuss the development of scientific ideas; unfortunately, the most recent chapter in this history, general relativity, is not covered in first-year courses. This paper discusses…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Science Curriculum
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Nopparatjamjomras, Suchai; Panijpan, Bhinyo; Huntula, Jiradawan – Physics Education, 2009
We propose a series of experiments involving balance readings of an object naturally floating or forced to be partially or fully immersed in water contained in a beaker sitting on an electronic scale balance. Students were asked to predict, observe and explain each case. The teacher facilitated the learning by asking probing questions, giving…
Descriptors: Measurement Techniques, Water, Science Experiments, Laboratory Experiments
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Viennot, Laurence – Physics Education, 2012
This note is a response to a recent paper by McClelland (2011 "Phys. Educ." 46 469-471). The situation of a person who is walking horizontally along the ground is examined, and the statement "The person is accelerated by a net force from the Earth" is considered invalid. A key point in McClelland's analysis is his claim that: "The force…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Motion
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Salinas, I.; Gimenez, M. H.; Monsoriu, J. A.; Sans, J. A. – Physics Teacher, 2019
New learning strategies try to extend the use of common devices among students in physics lab practices. In particular, there is a recent trend to explore the possibilities of using smartphone sensors to describe physics phenomena. On the other hand, the study of the moment of inertia by the use of the torsion pendulum is a typical example in the…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Physics, Science Instruction
Fukuda, Erin; Hopper-Moore, Greg – Educational Policy Improvement Center, 2016
In 2012, the "Educational Policy Improvement Center" (EPIC) analyzed more than 2,000 entry-level course documents collected from a stratified sample of two- and four-year public and private institutions of higher education (IHEs) to establish an empirical understanding of entry-level college course expectations. Based on the findings of…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, Two Year Colleges, Public Colleges, Private Colleges
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Brunt, Marjorie; Brunt, Geoff – Physics Education, 2013
The teaching of the principle of conservation of linear momentum is considered (ages 15 + ). From the principle, the momenta of two masses in an isolated system are considered. Sketch graphs of the momenta make Newton's laws appear obvious. Examples using different collision conditions are considered. Conservation of momentum is considered…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Principles, Secondary School Science, Teaching Methods
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Roemmele, Christopher; Sederberg, David – Physics Teacher, 2017
Students are better able to understand Newton's first law when they build from their own personal experiences of bicycling, skateboarding, or riding in a car. Most have experienced a tumble when their skateboard or bicycle comes to an abrupt stop. Alternately in a car, your body continues moving when the brakes are applied and you feel the force…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Motion
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Gagen, Linda; Getchell, Nancy – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), 2008
The NASPE standards for physical education programs stress that students should not only achieve competence in physical skills but also acquire and integrate the underlying concepts that can lead to effective movement. Physical educators can successfully embed these underlying concepts into the daily skill instruction and guided practice in their…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Motion, Teaching Methods
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O'Connell, James – Physics Teacher, 1999
Explains the use of Newton's law of proportional cooling in creating a realistic heating curve. (WRM)
Descriptors: Energy, Heat, Higher Education, Physics
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